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Communal Strife at a Cultural Frontier: Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan in Historical Perspective

Communal Strife at a Cultural Frontier: Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan in Historical Perspective

1/08/2012 © 2012 University of Illinois Board of Directors Lecture or speech

Abstract: Jacques Leider reviews the history of Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan, and explains how it relates toward the Rakhine identity.

Title: Communal Strife at a Cultural Frontier: Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan in Historical Perspective

Speaker: Jacques P. Leider Director, École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Description: Jacques P Leider is an organizer who has been involved with the Rakhine region of Burma for years. There is clearly a political identity of the predominantly Muslim Rohingyan people, but is there a historical and cultural basis for this identity, or is it a more recent political invention? Muslims in Rakhine state have existed since around the 13th century, when Muslims conquered Bengal, but the Rohingya identity may be more of a re-interpretation of history. In this video, Jacques Leider reviews the history of Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan, and explains how it relates toward the Rakhine identity.

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Lecture Series: Ethnicity, Citizenship and Human Rights in Burma Public Forum

Co-sponsors: Center for Advanced Study, the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the College of Law, the Center for Global Studies, the Department of Religion, and Global Crossroads Living and Learning Center Arkhan state, authoritarian policy, borders, Burma, Citizenship, colonialism, culture, economic conditions, ethnic cleansing, history, human rights, identity, middle east, migration, rakhine region, refugees, rohingya, slavery, south asia, terrorism, -- http://ensemble.illinois.edu/app/sites/index.aspx?destinationID=g2t9roOnxUO_bLESskn_QA&contentID=Sjtu5IkrDk6dieUHZQzy3w&pageIndex=1&pageSize=10
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