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Islam and the State in MyanmarMuslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging$
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Melissa Crouch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199461202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461202.001.0001

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New Technologies, Established Practices

New Technologies, Established Practices

Developing Narratives of Muslim Threat in Myanmar

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Islam and the State in Myanmar

Matt Schissler

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a critical approach to studying the relationship between telecommunications infrastructure and the mobilisation of Buddhist-Muslim antagonisms, taking riots in Mandalay during July 2014 as a starting point. Mobile phone usage, internet access, and use of social media platforms such as Facebook are expanding, and this is often identified as the cause of violence. But rather than presume the centrality of these changes, the chapter explores those narratives about Muslims commonly circulating in Myanmar and how the everyday processes through which they are produced may mutate in light of new technologies

Keywords:   Infrastructure, telecommunications, internet, social media, conflict, riots, mass violence, Muslims, Buddhists

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