|Written by Arimi Sidek|
Coastal Muslim from the eastern section of the Archipelago, mainly Bajau (Sama), used the term "Ida'an" (alternatively rendered "Idahan" or "Idaan") to refer to similar, non-Muslim peoples but particularly to those in Sabah.
This term appeared in the journals of early English voyagers to the Borneo coast (see Forrest, 1779:368), and it continued to occur with frequency in reports on northern Borneo into the late 1800's.
However, the term "Ida'an" sometimes was not restricted to the Dusun-speaking populations alone, but included in addition the Murut peoples (Low, 1848:343), the Kedayan of Brunei (Keppel, 1846:194-195), and so on.
Appell, G.N. 1968. The Dusun language of northern Borneo: the Rungus Dusun and related problem1. Reprinted from Oceanic Linguistics, VOL. VII, NO. 1, Summer, 1968 by George N. Appell, Ph.D., Brandeis University.