Introduction: Islam and the State in Myanmar
Melissa Crouch (ed), Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging. Oxford University Press, 2016, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 15, 2016
This is the draft introductory chapter for the forthcoming edited book volume Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging. The edited volume aims to reinvigorate scholarship on Islam in Myanmar, to explore the diversity within the Muslim community, to offer new empirical research, and to bring a scholarly perspective and insight into complex issues raised by the position of Muslims where they form a minority in states across Asia. This interdisciplinary volume brings together a range of scholars from Burma Studies, Islamic studies, international relations, political science, history, law and anthropology. It provides an informed response to contemporary issues facing the Muslim communities of Myanmar, furthering knowledge of the interaction between state institutions, government policies, and Muslim communities of the past and the present. Focusing on the themes of colonialism and the state, the everyday experiences of Muslims, and the challenges of violence and security, this volume comes at a timely juncture in Myanmar’s history.
Keywords: Islam, Buddhism, Myanmar, Burma, Politics, Identity, Violence, Law
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