Using case studies from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Basin, this book examines the global trend of violence against religious places and figures. The contributors believe attacks on sacred places to be particularly damaging to peace and harmony because of the centrality of religion in many Asian and Pacific countries.
A diverse range of topics are covered, including an empirical exploration of the global trends of violence against sacred spaces; attacks against and policies toward holy sites in Israel and the Palestinian Territories; the fate of Indian Islamic monuments after India gained independence in 1947; the Christian community's response to the increasing Islamization of Malaysia, and the future of communalism in Malaysia. Africa and Australia are also referenced in the work.
Taken together, this volume explores the importance of protecting sacred spaces, holy symbols, and religious people as a crucial element in fostering peace in the world, and especially the Asia-Pacific region. The contributors argue that much of the violence in the world is rooted in politics of religious identity.
Table of Contents
Preface, by Olivier Urbain
Introduction, by Chaiwat Satha-Anand
Sacred Spaces and Accursed Conflicts: A Global Trend?, by Chaiwat Satha-Anand
The Battle Over Sacred Sites in Palestine/Israel: Between Fuel for War and Gestures for Peace, by Mohammed Abu-Nimer
Partitioning the Past: India's Islamic Monuments after Independence, by Nayanjot Lahiri
Negotiating Religious Freedom: Christianity in Muslim-Majority Malaysia, by Choong Pui Yee and Joseph Chinyong Liow
Protection of the Sacred: Contrasting Perspectives from Australia, by Joseph A. Camilleri
Report on a Global Campaign to Protect Places of Worship, by Chandra Muzaffar
Policy Brief on International Protection of Religious Places and Personnel, Bangkok, Thailand, May 29, 2011, presented by the Toda Institute and the Center for Global Nonkilling