Christianisation movement in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam


Sejarah dan Perkembangan Gerakan Kristianisasi di Negara Brunei Darussalam
(History and Development of Christianisation Movement in Negara Brunei Darussalam)
Author: Mail Besar, Publisher: Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB), 2012, 262pp., Language: Malay. Price: BND$9.

THE book discusses on the history of christianisation movement in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam from 1500M to 2000M. It also unveils its methods, aspects, infrastructures, networks, and the Islamic principles in facing the movement. The writer traced its history in the Muslim communities since its early years until its arrival and development in the Sultanate.

The writer tried to prove the existence of the christianisation movement as it was launched by the Christian leaders at a conference in London on 5-8 January 1989 which was attended by 300 participants from 50 countries. In the conference, the leaders launched 2000M as the Year of the Gospel Preaching to all over the world or evenly christianisation to the remote areas of the globe.

The target of the christianisation movement is a half of the world population, at least turning them to the Christian adherents. Catholic church which is centered in Vatican also participates in the plan to christianise all over Indonesia, Egypt and African continent in 2000M.

The christianisation movements in the past involved at least three European colonialists: Portuguese, Spanish and British. (Actually five with Dutch and French). As a tiny Islamic country, Brunei has – as Malaysian Muslim scholar Prof Dr Ghazali bin Basri called in his foreward – a ‘defense mechanism’ to defend Islamic purity from the incessant movement. The Brunei’s constitution, state mufti, Islamic Da’wah Centre and its educational system have roles in giving contribution to realize ‘the defense mechanism’.

The author, Haji Mail bin Besar, is a Master degree holder in literary from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Brunei Darussalam. — Darul Aqsha


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