Chapter

Conclusion

Michael K. Jerryson

in Buddhist Fury

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793235
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793235.003.0007
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The conclusion provides an alternative to the Buddhist-Muslim polemics and tensions in southern Thailand. Over the last several centuries, Buddhists and Muslims have coexisted peacefully, and this model of religious pluralism is still present within the conflict zone. While the Thai government's policies and actions politicize the role of Thai Buddhism, which further exacerbates the violence, a minority of monks work to retain Thai Buddhism's communal and interfaith characteristics in the southern provinces. By reducing their political roles and increasing their community ties, these monks offer hope to the region and, more importantly, a platform of action that can be emulated throughout the southernmost provinces.

Keywords: religious pluralism; interfaith; conflict; Thai Buddhism; peace

Chapter.  3463 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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