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There was an additional social factor, noted by Beckett (1982), that may have significantly promoted compliance to datu rule. That was the fact that, in general, the most exploited groups in precolonial Cotabato lived, or originated from, outside Magindanaon society. These were the upland client groups such as the Tiruray and the banyaga slaves acquired from Christian settlements and the more distant highlands. Beckett (1982, 398) implies that the existence of exploitable external groups functioned as an indirect form of remuneration, whereby the commoner followers of a powerful datu were able to share in the tribute, plunder, or captives taken from outsiders.
My depiction of political relations in the Cotabato sultanates relies on ethnographic information garnered from interviews I conducted in and around Cotabato City in the mid1980s.  Imam Akmad, an Iranun speaker, is the imam (prayer leader) of the Campo Muslim mosque, and Hadji Abbas is a descendent of the dumatus , a special status group in the Magindanao Sultanate (see below).  I supplement ethnographic material from Cotabato with primary indigenous historical sources from the Muslim Philippines and works based upon them (Saleeby 1905; Adil 1955; Glang 1969; Majul 1973; Hooker 1983; Mastura 1984; Loyre 1991).
It has also been appropriated by prominent Muslim opponents of the separatist cause. Nevertheless, the two myths remain securely coupled in nationalist ideology and so will be analyzed in tandem. The revanchist or revitalistic spirit that publicly motivates most ethnonational movements almost always includes assertions of the preferability of traditional governance. The Muslim separatist movement in the Philippines is no exception to this tendency.  Assessing such claims, and the responses of ordinary movement adherents to them, requires the investigation of past political and economic relations.