Buddhist Fury Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand
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Description: Buddhist violence is not a well-known concept. In fact, it is generally considered an oxymoron. An image of a Buddhist monk holding a handgun or the idea of a militarized Buddhist monastery tends to stretch the imagination; yet these sights exist throughout southern Thailand. Michael Jerryson offers an exntensive examination of one of the least known but longest-running conflicts of Southeast Asia. Part of this conflict, based primarily in Thailand's southernmost provinces, is fueled by religious divisions. Thailand's total population is over 92 percent Buddhist, but over 85 percent of the people in the southernmost provinces are Muslim. Since 2004, the Thai government has imposed martial law over the territory and combatted a grass-roots militant Malay Musliminsurgency. Buddhist Fury reveals the Buddhist parameters of the conflict within a global context. Through fieldwork in the conflict area, Jerryson chronicles the habits of Buddhist monks in the militarized zone. Many Buddhist practices remain unchanged. Buddhist monks continue to chant, counsel the laity, and accrue merit. Yet at the same time, monks zealously advocate Buddhist nationalism, act as covert military officers, and equip themselves with guns. Buddhist Fury displays the methods by whichreligion alters the nature of the conflict and shows the dangers of this transformation.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2011
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Approaches To Religion and Violence|
|Ethno Graphic Disclosures|
|The Didactics of a Master Narrative|
|The Didactics of Counter Narratives|
|Problems of Periodization|
|Identities Outside Polarities|
|The Monastic Catalyst|
|The Power of Representation|
|The Political Origin of Thai Buddhism|
|Nation-State Building and Monastic Representation|
|Politicizing Monks In Violence: Volunteer Monk|
|Defacing a Representation|
|An Equation For Buddhist Violence|
|Practice and Performativity|
|The Routinization of Terror|
|The Power of Words|
|A Platform For Action: Buddhist Nationalism|
|Military Monks in Buddhist Traditions|
|Monastic To Military Compound|
|Militant Practices At The Wat|
|Race/Ethnicity in Thai Studies|
|Thai Identity and Religion|
|Race, Religion, and Violence|
|Geography and Racial Metastasis|
|Structural and Individual Efficacy|
|The Impact of Violence On Monks|