Marawi City is a Muslim city and capital of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The people of Marawi speak Maranao, named after Lake Lanao, the lake on which shores Marawi City sits. Marawi City is located on the shores of Lake Lanao and straddles the area where the Agus river starts. It has a total land area of 87.55 square kilometers. Marawi was known as Dansalan when it served as the capital of the undivided Lanao province from 1907 to 1940. Dansalan in Maranao is a place where ships berth -- a port of entry. According to the late well-known Maranao scholar Dr. Mamitua Saber, Marawi City got its charter in 1940.