Opportunities for inter-ethno-religious engagement in Thailand’s southern border provinces

Chanintira na Thalang, Chontida Auikool

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As the conflict in Thailand’s southern border provinces shows no signs of abating, this article examines why Malay Muslims have managed to co-exist alongside the Thai Buddhists and the Sino-Thai population. Based on fieldwork, this article argues that while various factors have hardened ethno-religious identities and strengthened boundaries between ‘the other’ which in turn have affected inter-ethnic relations, a variety of opportunities for civic engagement has served to counter the prospect of ethnic relations erupting into communal violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-363
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology
  • Religious Studies
  • History


  • Thailand’s southern border provinces
  • ethno-religious relations
  • civic engagement
  • Buddhist nationalism
  • Islamic revivalism


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