List of Sultans of Brunei
The Sultan of Brunei is the head of state and absolute monarch of Brunei. He is also head of government in his capacity as Prime Minister. Since independence from the British in 1984, only one Sultan has reigned, though the royal institution dates back to the 14th century.
|Sultan and the Lord of Brunei Darussalam|
|Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam|
The Sultan seen during the Golden Jubilee.
since 5 October 1967
|installation 1 August 1968|
|Heir apparent||The Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah|
|First monarch||Sultan Muhammad Shah|
|Formation||1405 (613 years ago)|
|Residence||Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan|
The Sultan of Brunei can be thought of as synonymous with the ruling House of Bolkiah, with generations being traced from the first sultan, temporarily interrupted by the 13th Sultan, Abdul Hakkul Mubin, who in turn was deposed by a member of the House of Bolkiah. The Sultan's full title is: His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
|No.||Name||Reign start||Reign end||Notes|
|1||Muhammad Shah / Awang Alak Betatar||1368||1402||Established the Sultanate.|
|2||Ahmad / Awang Pateh Berbai||1408||1425|
|3||Sharif Ali / Sultan Barkat (Blessed Sultan)||1425||1432||No direct genealogical relation to predecessor, but was selected as he was the son-in-law of the previous sultan (Ahmad) and was well versed in Islam.|
|4||Sulaiman||1432||1485||Son of the previous sultan, Sharif Ali. Abdicated to allow his son Bolkiah to become sultan.|
|5||Bolkiah / Nakhoda Ragam (The Singing Captain)||1485||1524||Son of the previous sultan, Sulaiman.|
|6||Abdul Kahar||1524||1530||Son of the previous sultan, Bolkiah|
|7||Saiful Rijal||1533||1581||Nephew and adopted-son of the previous sultan, Abdul Kahar. Castile War broke out between Brunei and Spain.|
|8||Shah Berunai||1581||1582||Eldest son of Sultan Saiful Rijal|
|9||Muhammad Hassan||1582||1598||Younger brother of Shah Berunai.|
|10||Abdul Jalilul Akbar||1598||1659|
|11||Abdul Jalilul Jabbar||1659||1660|
|12||Muhammad Ali||1660||1661||Strangled by his successor Abdul Hakkul Mubin, sparking the Brunei Civil War.|
|13||Abdul Hakkul Mubin||1660||1673||Started the Brunei Civil War by killing his predecessor Muhammad Ali and was in turn killed by Muhyiddin who succeeded him as Sultan.|
|14||Muhyiddin||1673||1690||Son of Abdul Jalilul Akbar who avenged the death of his father-in-law Muhammad Ali by killing Abdul Hakkul Mubin, thus ending the Brunei Civil War.|
|16||Hussin Kamaluddin||1710||1730||He ruled for the second time between 1737 to 1740.|
|17||Muhammad Alauddin||1730||1737||Instructed Datu Imam Yaakub to write the Silsilah Raja-Raja Berunai or the Genealogy of the Sultans of Brunei.|
|18||Omar Ali Saifuddin I||1740||1778|
|19||Muhammad Tajuddin||1778||1807||Ordered Khatib Abdul Latif to inscribe Batu Tarsilah or Stone Tablet.|
|20||Muhammad Jamalul Alam I||1804||1804|
|21||Muhammad Kanzul Alam||1807||1826|
|23||Omar Ali Saifuddin II||1828||1852||Brunei ceded some territories of Sarawak to James Brooke. Brunei ceded Labuan to the British.|
|24||Abdul Momin||1852||29 May 1885||Brunei ceded northwestern part of Borneo to the British. The declaration of Amanat took place in 1884 that vowed not to cede more Brunei territories to foreign powers.|
|25||Hashim Jalilul Alam Aqamaddin||29 May 1885||10 May 1906||United Kingdom established protectorate over Brunei in 1888.|
|26||Muhammad Jamalul Alam II||10 May 1906||11 September 1924||The Sultan's reign was a short one. An outbreak of malaria claimed his life as well as three members of his family.|
|27||Ahmad Tajuddin||11 September 1924||4 June 1950||Japanese occupation of Brunei took place.|
|28||Omar Ali Saifuddien III||4 June 1950||5 October 1967||Signed the Brunei Constitution of 1959. Abdicated voluntarily in favor of his eldest son, Hassanal Bolkiah. Became Brunei's first Minister of Defence after independence in 1984.|
|29||Hassanal Bolkiah||5 October 1967||Incumbent||Brunei regained independence from the United Kingdom in 1984.|
The earliest historical record of the Sultans of Brunei is not clearly known due to the poor early documentation of Brunei's history. Many elder members of the House of Bolkiah claim that their ancestors were the BaHassan and BaAlawi Saadah from Tarim and Hadhramawt in Yemen. In addition there has been an effort to Islamise the history, with the "official history" not matching up with verifiable foreign sources. The Batu Tarsilah, the genealogical record of the kings of Brunei, was not started until 1807 CE.
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