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Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Michael K. Jerryson


For many people, the concept of Buddhist violence is an oxymoron. The image of a Buddhist monk holding a handgun or the view of a militarized Buddhist monastery challenges our popular images of Buddhism. However, these sights actually exist in southern Thailand. One of the lesser known but longest running conflicts of Southeast Asia is in Thailand’s southernmost provinces. Among the various causes of the conflict is religious division. Although Thailand’s population is 92% Buddhist, over 85% of the people in the southernmost provinces are Muslim. Since 2004, the Thai government has imposed mar ... More

Keywords: Buddhist violence, Thai Buddhism, Malay Muslim, Islam, militant, nationalism, global, religion and violence, southern Thailand

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199793235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793235.001.0001


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Michael K. Jerryson, author
Eckerd College, Florida
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