This book is an outcome of South and South-east Asia regional workshop on 'Minorities in Buddhist Polities: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma'. It mainly focuses on policy issues. The key theme of the book is the role of religions play in both the exacerbation and amelioration of ethnic conflict.
Table of Contents
0. Introduction — Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Part I: Theoretical Issues 1. The Logic of Identity Profiles and the Ethic of Communal Violence: A Buddhist Perspective 2. Of Imagination and the State 3. Minorities in Buddhist Doctrine Part II: Buddhism, Minorities and Pubtic Poticy 4. Nationalism and the State in Sri Lanka 5. Minorities in Burmese History 6. Nationalism and the State in Thailand Part III: Buddhist Institutions and Minorities 7. Buddhist Resurgence and Christian Privilege in Sri Lanka,c. 1940–1965 8. Impact of the Dhammacarik Bhikkhus' Programme on the Hill Tribes of Thailand 9. Sri Lankan Monks on Ethnicity and Nationalism Part IV: Case Studies of Minorities in Buddhist Polities 10. The Indian Tamil Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka: Welfare and Integration 11. Religious Minorities in Burma in the Contemporary Period 12. The Lotus and the Crescent: Clashes of Religious Symbolisms in Southern Thailand 13. Sri Lanka's Muslim Minority