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Author Walton, Matthew J., author
Title Contesting buddhist narratives : democratization, nationalism, and communal violence in Myanmar / Matthew J. Walton and Susan Hayward
Imprint Honolulu, Hawai'i : East-West Center, [2014]
Singapore : Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies
book jacket
 CAPAS Library  JQ751.A91 W35 2014    AVAILABLE    30620020142443
Descript xii, 65 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Policy studies / East-West Center Washington, 1547-1349 ; 71 (Southeast Asia)
Policy studies (East-West Center Washington) ; 71
Note In English
Summary: Myanmar's transition to democracy has been marred by violence between Buddhists and Muslims. While the violence originally broke out between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, it subsequently emerged throughout the country, impacting Buddhists and Muslims of many ethnic backgrounds. This article offers background on these so-called "communal conflicts" and the rise and evolution of Buddhist nationalist groups led by monks that have spearheaded anti-Muslim campaigns. The authors describe how current monastic political mobilization can be understood as an extension of past monastic activism, and is rooted in traditional understandings of the monastic community's responsibility to defend the religion, respond to community needs, and guide political decision-​makers. The authors propose a counter-​argument rooted in Theravada Buddhism to address the underlying anxieties motivating Buddhist nationalists while directing them toward peaceful actions promoting coexistence. Additionally, given that these conflicts derive from wider political, economic, and social dilemmas, the authors offer a prescription of complementary policy initiatives
Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-65)
Subject Democratization -- ​Burma
Democracy -- ​Burma -- ​Religious aspects
Buddhists -- ​Burma
Muslims -- Burma
Ethnic conflict -- ​Burma -- ​Religious aspects
Alt Author Hayward, Susan author
East-West Center
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