Buddhist-Muslim Tensions in the Bay of Bengal Symposium
October 8 and 9, 2014
West Hall 135
Arizona State University
The Center for Asian Research hosted a conference on Buddhist-Muslim tensions in the Bay of Bengal, organized by Yasmin Saikia and Juliane Schober.
Buddhist-Muslim violence has threatened to derail democratic reforms currently underway in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The conference combined academic and practical approaches to mitigating this conflict by exploring tensions between Buddhist and Muslims in the region comparatively (in Arakan/Burma, in Cox Bazar/Bangladesh, Southern Thailand, and Sri Lanka) and through their local and regional histories.
Internationally acclaimed scholars, including Chandra Muzaffar (International Movement for a Just World), Jacques Leider (Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient), John Holt (Bowdoin College), Min Zin (UC-Berkeley), and Shapan Adnan (Oxford University) presented their research on local histories of conflict and resolution, constructions of belonging to national, regional and global religious communities and an examination of regional networks and third-party actors through which conflicts become amplified.