2003-10-20 03:03:11 UTC
Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 20, 2003
HEADLINE: MORO TRAILBLAZER PASSES AWAY
BYLINE: Antonio J. Montalvan
FROM MY mailbox comes this obituary which I thought should not pass
unnoticed. In his lifetime, the subject made a mark as an outstanding
alumnus of the University of the Philippines. Albeit our paths never
crossed, Dr. Cesar Adib Majul was a familiar name in Filipino
The obituary essentially volunteers the following information:
Probably the most prominent Muslim-Filipino academic luminary of his
generation, 79-year-old Cesar Adib Majul died of prostate cancer at a Los
Angeles hospital in the United States, Oct. 11, Saturday, 3 p.m. American
time. Popularly known as Dean Majul, he was to have celebrated his 80th
birthday in the United States this October, said fellow academic, Higher
Education Commissioner Roqaya Maglangit. Majul was born on Oct. 21, 1923 in
Aparri, Cagayan. He was educated at the University of the Philippines and
Cornell University and has been a member of the faculty of the University of
the Philippines since 1948. He has served as a UP dean in 1961 until 1966;
and from 1969 until 1971, as dean of the UP College of Arts and Sciences.
Between 1961 and 1962, he served on the board of regents of the University
of Mindanao. In the spring term of the academic year 1966-67, he was a
visiting professor at Cornell University.
He received the Republic Heritage Award for "the most outstanding
contribution to Historical Writing during the period May 1, 1960-April 30,
1961," and won the first prize in the Biography Contest on the Life of
Apolinario Mabini in 1964. He also received the Distinguished Scholar Award
in 1968 from UP.
Best known for his works entitled, "The Contemporary Muslim Movement in the
Philippines," (1985) and "Muslims in the Philippines" (1973), he also
authored such major studies as "The Political and Constitutional Ideas of
the Philippine Revolution" (1957, 1968), "Mabini and the Philippine
Revolution" (1960), and "Apolinario Mabini: Revolutionary" (1964).
"The Political and Constitutional Ideas of the Philippine Revolution" is an
important attempt at examining and interpreting the ideas that brought about
the Philippine Revolution, determined its conduct and shaped its objectives.
The book is based on the doctoral dissertation which Majul presented to the
Graduate Faculty of Cornell University.
His essays on Islam have been translated by Dr. Nabil Tawil Subhi into
Arabic and published in Beirut as "Al-Islam Fil-Sharqil Aqsa" (1966). This
book adds a new dimension to an already distinguished career.
Dean Majul also co-authored a book with Ralph H. Salmi and George K. Tanham
entitled "Islam and Conflict Resolution: Theories and Practices (1998),"
which was published by the University Press of America . A number of his
articles were published in several local and international journals.
An author, scholar, educator and a prominent Muslim leader, he founded the
Institute of Islamic Studies and became its first dean, serving in that
capacity from 1974 up to 1980.
At the time of his passing, he was living with his wife, Wiena, and
daughter, Christine, in San Pablo, California.