Militant Buddhism

The Rise of Religious Violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand

Authors: Lehr, Peter

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  • Offers a comprehensive, comparative discussion of militant Buddhism in the three leading Theravadin countries Sri Lanka, Myanmar/Burma and Thailand
  • Explores how a notionally non-violent religion explains and defends the recourse to violence
  • Argues that militancy and (defensive) Buddhist violence is not a novel development or even a ‘modern distortion of the true religion’, but played a role ever since the first Buddhist kingdoms were established
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Against the backdrop of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, this book takes a close and detailed look at the rise of militant Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, and especially at the issues of ‘why’ and ‘how’ around it. We are well aware of Christian fundamentalism, militant Judaism and Islamist Salafism-Jihadism. Extremist and violent Buddhism however features only rarely in book-length studies on religion and political violence. Somehow, the very idea of Buddhist monks as the archetypical ‘world renouncers’ exhorting frenzied mobs to commit acts of violence against perceived ‘enemies of the religion’ seems to be outright ludicrous. Recent events in Myanmar/Burma, but also in Thailand and Sri Lanka, however indicate that a militant strand of Theravada Buddhism is on the rise. How can this rise be explained, and what role do monks play in that regard? These are the two broad questions that this book explores.

About the authors

Peter Lehr is Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews, UK. An area specialist on South and Southeast Asia, Dr Lehr has published on a wide range of topics, including religion and (political) violence.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Militant Buddhism
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Religious Violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03517-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03517-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03516-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 306
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