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Mangkunagara I
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Prince Mangkunagara I (1726–95), known also as Raden Mas Said, as Suryakusuma and, posthumously, as Pangeran Samber Nyawa (“soul catcher”), was one of the most flamboyant figures of eighteenth-century Java. He was born in the court of Kartasura on 7 April 1726. His father was exiled in 1728, and his mother died before he was two, leaving him orphaned in the court at an early age. Much was expected of him because of his ancestry, and there were prophecies of his future greatness. He proved to be popular and able to gather many followers.

In 1740, when Mangkunagara was just fourteen, he le…

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Ricklefs, M. C., “Mangkunagara I”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36163>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4



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