Myanmar: Living as Muslims in a Buddhist country
September 27, 2019 - 12:15-14:00
In recent years, a sequence of dramatic events have propelled the question of Myanmar’s Muslim minorities high on the global agenda. Ethno-religious violence involving Buddhists and Muslims broke out in Rakhine State in 2012; this was followed by islamophobic attacks on Muslims in various Myanmar cities in 2013-14, culminating with the state-led mass violence perpetrated by the army against the Rohingyas in 2017.
In this seminar, Jacques P. Leider, Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient, the French Institute of Asian Studies, takes these recent events as a point of departure for interrogating Myanmar’s heterogeneous Muslim communities and their many ethno-historical differences.