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Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

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Bankei
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Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Bankei » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:26 am

Hi

There is a new book out about Buddhism in S. Thailand
Michael Jerryson
Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (July 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0199793247
ISBN-13: 978-019979324

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/s ... 0199793242

Looks interesting.
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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Kim OHara » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:11 pm


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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Bankei » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:57 pm

Hi Kim,

I think your links are referring to a different book, that of "Buddhist Warefare".

This is a new and different book.

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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:14 am

Oops! You're right. Sorry - but not very sorry :tongue: because it is the same author and a similar subject and I suspect the same criticisms will apply.

:namaste:
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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Bankei » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:36 am

Its not the same author.

Jerryson is the author of this book. He was one of the editors of the other book, Buddhist Warfare, and wrote one article included in that book.

Buddhist Fury is a very different book to Buddhist Warfare but does also concern the topic of violence in Buddhism/Buddhists.

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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:43 am

Any books on Buddhist compassion?
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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:58 am

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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby Dan74 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:03 pm

Such books can be good for disabusing ourselves of any conceit about our imaginary superiority over other religious followers.

I recall students coming to a Buddhist society at a University where I studied saying "well aren't Buddhists so wonderful and peace-loving?" "Check out those monks blessing tanks in Sri Lanka, love."

As usual there are all sorts.
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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby rowyourboat » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:40 am

With Metta

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Re: Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand

Postby chownah » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:59 pm

I haven't read the book and probably won't....there are alot of people who don't know about the history of southern Thailand.....that region was "given" to Thailand by England about 100 years ago or so I think.....the people there have a muslim heritage and thier customs are markedly different from what is usually thought of as Thai culture....if you see the style of their songs or their dances on TV for instance it is obvious that it is not the same as the rest of Thailand....I have mentioned this to my wife (a Thai woman) by saying that "this is not Thai culture....maybe these people really should have thier own government since they are are diffent from most Thais".....she will agree that their culture is not actually Thai but has a hard time with the idea that the south should be perhaps autonomous because of the needs of a different culture.

So what you've got is a region with a long and well established cultural heritage which was conquered by England and then "given" to Thailand.....is it any wonder that there is a group of people there who want to be free of what they see as an occupying force....especially given that historically the south has not been treated equally with the rest of Thailand by the Thai gov't? I'm very sure that the "terrorists" in the south feel in their hearts that they are freedom fighters.....and they must have support from a some kind of reasonable percent of the population or they would not have been able to operate for so long........it's a sad situation which would probably be resolved if the Thai gov't just created an autonomous region there....maybe not though...I don't know.

Perhaps the history of that region is in the book...if so it is probably worth reading for that alone.
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