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ISLAM, ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM, AND THE BURMESE ROHINGYA CRISIS

Mark Woodward
Epistemé: Jurnal Pengembangan Ilmu Keislaman , Volume 15, pp 287-314; doi:10.21274/epis.2020.15.02.287-314

Abstract: This article discusses the world’s most oppressed people, the Muslim Rohingya of Burma (Myanmar) through the lens of “state symbologies and critical juncture”. It further argues the amalgamation of Burmese-Buddhist ethno-nationalism and anti-Muslim hate speech have become elements of Burma’s state symbology and components. Colonialism established conditions in which ethno-religious conflict could develop through policies that destroyed the civic religious pluralism characteristic of pre-colonial states. Burmese Buddhist ethno-religious nationalism is responsible for a series of communal conflicts and state repression because it did not recognize Muslims and other minorities as full and equal participants in the post-colonial national project. Therefore, the cycles of violence and the complexities of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations indicate that Burmese political culture has become increasingly violent and genocidal.
Keywords: nationalism / religious / colonial / conflicts / Muslim / ethnic / Burmese / Rohingya / ethno / Symbologies

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