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Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'

Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'


WADE Francis


Zed Books

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Paru le : 01 Août 2017
Pages : 304
EAN 13 : 9781783605279

For decades Myanmar has been portrayed as a case of good citizen versus bad regime – men in jackboots maintaining a suffocating rule over a majority Buddhist population beholden to the ideals of non-violence and tolerance. But in recent years this narrative has been upended.

In June 2012, violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in western Myanmar, pointing to a growing divide between religious communities that before had received little attention from the outside world. Attacks on Muslims soon spread across the country, leaving hundreds dead, entire neighbourhoods turned to rubble, and tens of thousands of Muslims confined to internment camps. This violence, breaking out amid the passage to democracy, was spurred on by monks, pro-democracy activists and even politicians.

In this gripping and deeply reported account, Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling elite has laid the foundations for mass violence, and how, in Myanmar's case, some of the most respected and articulate voices for democracy have turned on the Muslim population at a time when the majority of citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.


1. The First Wave: The Murder, the Smoke and the Ruins
2. Sons of Whose Soil? Britain and the Birth of a Fractured Nation
3. The Art of Belonging: A Peculiar Transaction in Yangon
4. Us and Them: Making Identities, Manipulating Divides
5. Ruling the Unruly: Social Engineering and the Village of Prisoners
6. 2012: Season of Violence
7. At First Light the Darkness Fell: Myanmar's Democratic Experiment Falters
8. 'We Came Down from the Sky': The Buddhist Preachers of Hate
9. Apartheid State: Camps, Ghettos, and the New Architecture of Control
10. U Maung Soe: An Outcast in Disguise
11. In the Old Cinema Hut: Fear, Hope and the Heroes We Forget

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