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The Pontianak Sultanate (Malay: Kesultanan Pontianak) was an Islamic Malay state that existed on the western coast of the island of Borneo from the late 18th century until its disestablishment in 1950. The Sultanate was located at the mouth of the Kapuas river in what is today the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, and the Sultan's residential palace was situated in what later grew to become the modern-day Indonesian city of Pontianak.

Pontianak Sultanate

Kesultanan Pontianak
Flag of Pontianak Sultanate
Coat of arms
StatusPart of the Dutch East Indies (from 1779)
Common languagesMalay language
Sunni Islam
GovernmentIslamic Absolute Monarchy
• Established
23 October 1771
• Coronation
1 September 1778
• Disestablished
17 August 1950
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Mempawah Kingdom



The Pontianak Sultanate was founded in 1771 by explorers from Hadhramaut led by al-Sayyid Syarif Abdurrahman al-Kadrie, descendant of Imam Ali ar-Ridha. He had two political marriages in Kalimantan, first with the daughter of Panembahan Mempawah and then with the daughter of the Sultan of Banjar.

After the explorers arrived in Pontianak, they established the Kadariah Palace and received endorsement as the Sultan of Pontianak by the Dutch East India Company in 1779.[1]

The Pontianak Sultanate had friendly relations with the Lanfang Republic.

Pontianak Sultan Syarif Muhammad Alkadrie was executed by the Japanese in the Pontianak incident along with all the other Malay Sultans of Kalimantan. Two of his sons were also beheaded by the Japanese.

The last Sultan was Syarif Hamid Alkadrie, who was deposed by the Indonesians; he had earlier been interned by the occupying Japanese forces.

List of Sultans of PontianakEdit

Sultan of Pontianak
Royal Coat of arms
First monarchSyarif Abdurrahman Alkadrie
Last monarchSyarif Hamid Alkadrie
Formation23 October 1771
Abolition17 August 1950
ResidenceKadriyah Palace
Photo Sultan Reign
1 Syarif Abdurrahman Alkadrie 1771–1808
2 Syarif Kasim Alkadrie 1808–1819
3   Syarif Osman Alkadrie 1819–1855
4   Syarif Hamid Alkadrie 1855–1872
5 Syarif Yusuf Alkadrie 1872–1895
6   Syarif Muhammad Alkadrie 1895–1944
7   Syarif Hamid Alkadrie 1945–1950


  1. ^ "Aku Menulis Maka Aku Ada - Menengok Sisa Kejayaan Keraton Kadriah".

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