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.
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
Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.