The Sweat of the King State Wealth vs. Private Royal Wealth in Pre-colonial Islamic Javanese Kingdoms

Merle Ricklefs

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    Abstract

    Eighteenth-century Javanese sources indicate that in pre-colonial Javanese kingdoms, a distinction was drawn between the monarch's personal wealth-called monies that were 'pure in intent, from the sweat of the king'-and the revenues of the kingdom as an institution. The distinction was probably of Islamic origin. It seems probable that only such personal royal wealth was acceptable for funding acts of personal religious merit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-66
    JournalBijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania)
    Volume175
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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