Buddhist and Muslim Perspectives on the Contemporary Crisis in Myanmar

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Clifford Holt, Bowdoin College

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Voices from each of the major communities (Arakanese, Burmese and Rohingya) articulate narratives of siege when explaining how the current con icts between Buddhists and Muslims have unfolded recently in Myanmar. Why are respective understandings of belonging and exclusion so seriously contested? How do ethno-religious perspectives and contemporary geo-political realities complicate these understandings? How do people from these communities see a path forward, if any? And, is there a constructive role for outsiders (the U.N., the Western media, and NGOs) to play?

John Clifford Holt teaches courses about Asian religious traditions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as courses on theoretical approaches to the study of religion. In 1982, he organized and founded the Inter-collegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program for a consortium of private liberal arts colleges, and in 1986 he became the rst chair of Bowdoin’s Asian Studies Program.