Historians have floated the idea for the government to revive the ancient Banten sultanate as a legacy for the younger generation of the rich culture and values of the ancient Islamic kingdom.
Mufti Ali, head of Bantenology Foundation at the Maulana Hasanudin Islamic Institute (IAIN) in Serang, Banten, said that bringing around the sultanate should be seen as an effort to uphold the identity of Banten.
“The sultanate would be a symbol of culture and religion, not the political leadership in Banten, so no need to worry about dualism in the regional administration,” he told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.
He said the legacy of the Banten Sultanate could still be seen in the architecture of the buildings, sacred tombs and antiques, as well as the internal ideology in the Banten people’s traditions.
“We continue to pursue and collect data as well as historical evidence of the sultanate in whatever ways we can,” Mufti said.