Ethnohistorical Perspectives on Buddhist-Muslim Relations and Coexistence in Southern Thailand: From Shared Cosmos to the Emergence of Hatred?

Horstmann, Alexander
April 2004
SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia;Apr2004, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p76
Academic Journal
This review article of ethnological literature on the area straddling southern Thailand and peninsular Malaysia is the author's first attempt to show the historical development of Muslim-Buddhist relations in the period 1969-2002. The literature mirrors the transformation of Muslim-Buddhist relations from shared cosmos to the mobilization of hatred by illustrating the local institutions of coexistence (intermarriage, local beliefs in common ancestors, syncretism in healing practices, reciprocity in cultural niches, and the transformation and collapse of these institutions by extra-local factors, the impact of the state and globalization, illustrating the diversity of Muslim-Buddhist relations in southern Thailand.


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