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Abdullah Shah
King of Arakan
Reignc. July 1494 – February 1502
Predecessor Ran Aung
Successor Raza
Bornc. April 1455 (Wednesday born)
DiedFebruary 1502 (aged 46)
Tabaung 863 ME [1]
ConsortSaw Mi Saw
Issue Raza
Religion Theravada Buddhism

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  1. (Sandamala Linkara Vol. 2 1999: 26): Tabaung 863 ME = 7 February to 8 March 1502
  2. Sandamala Linkara Vol. 2 1999: 26


<i>Rakhine Razawin Thit</i>

Rakhine Razawin Thit is a Burmese chronicle covering the history of Arakan from time immemorial to the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–1826). The author was Ven. Sandamala Linkara, the Sayadaw of Dakhina Vihara Rama Buddhist Monastery in Ranbye Kyun in then British Burma. Published in 1931, it is a compilation of all extant prior Arakanese chronicles in a single narrative. The original 1931 publication consisted of seven volumes. The first four volumes were published in a single enlarged volume in 1997 and the remaining three were published in another enlarged volume in 1999.

Born: c. April 1455 Died: February 1502
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ran Aung
King of Mrauk-U
c. July 1494 – February 1502
Succeeded by