Arab Influences on Filipino Culture

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Ma Tuan-Lin

He wrote in this book, Wen Shion Tuang Kao: The Filipinos are good traders. They had carried commerce with China many years before the arrival of the Spaniards. They had reached places as far as Maluco, Malacca, Hazin, Parani Brunei and other kingdoms.

Common goods traded with Arabs

Textiles like muslin, calico, linen, cotton, wool and rugs. Also metalcraft, gold bullion, turquoise, and other precious stones.

Islam

Introduced by Arab missionaries who came with the traders. A large number of natives especially in Sulu, Mindanao, and Palawan were introduced to Islam. Islam is not a religion but a way of life.

Koran

This is the sacred book the Muslims. The Muslims promoted peace and unity among the Barangays.

Abu Bakr

Established the sultanate form of government in Sulu.

Serif Kabungsuan

Became the Sultan of Maguindanao

Arabic words in Filipino Language

sulat, hukom, alam, pilat, alak and salamat

Arab architecture

seen in mosques and Muslim antique high-roofed houses called torogan.

Arabic dances

Kandigan, a Tausug wedding dance; Kapil sa Munsala, a Maranao handkerchief dance, a Singkil a Maranao bamboo dance.

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