Buddhist-Muslim Relations in a Theravada World

  • Iselin Frydenlund
  • Michael Jerryson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Iselin Frydenlund, Michael Jerryson
    Pages 1-21
  3. Historical Country Overviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Rohan Bastin, Premakumara de Silva
      Pages 25-62
    3. Matthew J. Walton
      Pages 63-99
    4. Raymond Scupin, Christopher M. Joll
      Pages 101-135
  4. Case Studies: Particular Moments of Interaction

  5. Concluding Thoughts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Michael Jerryson, Iselin Frydenlund
      Pages 263-297
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-311

About this book


This book is the first to critically analyze Buddhist-Muslim relations in Theravada Buddhist majority states in South and Southeast Asia. Asia is home to the largest population of Buddhists and Muslims. In recent years, this interfaith communal living has incurred conflicts, such as the ethnic-religious conflicts in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Experts from around the world collaborate to provide a comprehensive look into religious pluralism and religious violence. 


The book is divided into two sections. The first section provides historical  background to the three countries with the largest Buddhist-Muslim relations. The second section has chapters that focus on specific encounters between Buddhists and Muslims, which includes anti-Buddhist sentiments in Bangladesh, the role of gender in Muslim-Buddhist relations and the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya sentiments in Myanmar.


By exploring historical fluctuations over time—paying particular attention to how state-formations condition Muslim-Buddhist entanglements—the book shows the processual and relational aspects of religious identity constructions and Buddhist-Muslim interactions in Theravada Buddhist majority states. 


Iselin Frydenlund is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of MF CASR at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. She is a specialist of religion and conflict in South and Southeast Asia and has published extensively on issues relating to Buddhism, politics, nationalism and violence in the contemporary period. 


Michael Jerryson is a Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, USA. He is the Director of the James Dale Ethics Center. Jerryson has authored or edited numerous books and articles. His recent monograph is If You Meet the Buddha: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence (2018). 



Buddhist-Muslim relations in Thailand Buddhist-Muslim relations in Sri Lanka Buddhist-Muslim relations in Myanmar Buddhist-Muslim relations in Bangladesh Pre-modern and pre-colonial policies of religion Colonial classification of religion Buddhist constitutionalism Buddhism and politics Buddhism and violence Buddhist nationalisms Buddhist majorities and non-Buddhist minorities Muslim minorities in Asia Buddhist-Muslim relations and trade relations Buddhist-Muslim relations and economic relations Inter-religious encounters in Asia The insurgency in Southern Thailand The Rohingya crisis Religion, transnationalism and social media Anti-Muslim sentiments and practices Islamophobia in Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Iselin Frydenlund
    • 1
  • Michael Jerryson
    • 2
  1. 1.MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and SocietyOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and Religious StudiesYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9883-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9884-2
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