Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia
A major new contribution to comparative and multidisciplinary scholarship on the alignment of religion and violence in the contemporary world, with a special focus on South and Southeast Asia.
Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia shows how this region is the site of recent and emerging democracies, a high degree of religious pluralism, the largest Muslim populations in the world, and several well-organized terrorist groups, making understanding of the dynamics of religious conflict and violence particularly urgent. By bringing scholars from religious studies, political science, sociology, anthropology and international relations into conversation with each other, this volume brings much needed attention to the role of religion in fostering violence in the region and addresses strategies for its containment or resolution. The dearth of other literature on the intersection of religion, politics and violence in contemporary South and Southeast Asia makes the timing of this book particularly relevant.
This book will of great interest to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Asian politics, security studies and conflict studies.
Table of Contents
Preface Part One: 1.Introduction: Disrupting Violence: Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia Linell E. Cady and Sheldon W. Simon 2. From Bhindranwale to bin Laden: A Search for Understanding Religious Violence Mark Juergensmeyer Part Two: 3. The Sword Against the Crescent: Religion and Violence in Muslim Southeast Asia Robert W. Hefner 4. Buddhism, Violence, and the State in Burma (Myanmar) and Sri Lanka Juliane Schober 5. The Roots of Religious Violence in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh Sumit Ganguly 6. Religious Conflict and the Globalization of Knowledge in Indonesian History Mark Woodward 7. Religious Violence Beyond Borders: Reframing South Asian Cases Alyssa Ayres 8. The (Psychic) Roots of Religious Violence in South and Southeast Asia Kumar Ramakrishna 9. Debating Strategies for Disrupting Violence: Lessons from South Asia Maya Chadda 10. Violence and the Long Road to Reconciliation in Southern Thailand Joseph Chinyong Liow 11. Lévinas and the Question of Civilizational Amity after September 11 See Seng Tan Notes on Contributors About The National Bureau of Asian Research About The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Index
LINELL E. CADY is the Franca G. Oreffice Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, at Arizona State University. She is the author of Religion, Theology and American Public Life, and the co-editor of Religious Studies, Theology, and the University: Conflicting Maps, Changing Terrain. Prior to her 2003 appointment as director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Professor Cady served as chair of the religious studies department, and associate and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
SHELDON W. SIMON is professor of political science and faculty affiliate of the Center for Asian Studies and Program in Southeast Asian Studies at Arizona State University where he has been a faculty member for 30 years. Dr. Simon is also Chairman of the Southeast Asian Studies Advisory Group and Senior Advisor to The National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle. He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense on Asian security. He is author or editor of nine books, most recently The Many Faces of Asian Security and over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. In recent years, Simon has held research grants from The U.S. Pacific Command, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.