Roles of Buddhist monks in strengthening relationships between Muslims and Buddhists in the three southern border provinces

Authors

  • Punya Tepsing Research Center for Languages, Culture, and Human Development in the Lower Asean, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
  • Kasetchai Laeheem Research Center for Languages, Culture, and Human Development in the Lower Asean, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
  • Hasbullah Azizskul Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Fathoni University, Pattani 94150, Thailand

Keywords:

Buddhist monks, Muslim relationship, religion leader, southern border provinces

Abstract

This research aimed at investigating the roles of Buddhist monks in strengthening relationships between Muslims and Buddhists in the three southern border provinces by using the qualitative method. Data were collected from the documents and field studies in seven communities by observation. Interviews were conducted with 23 Buddhist monks, 12 governments officials, 31 Buddhists, 35 Muslims. Data triangulation was performed and descriptive analysis was conducted. The results suggested that both Buddhist monks include arrangements of cultural activities in temples in which Muslims participate (provided that the activities are not related to religious ceremonies), educational and religious promotion to Muslims on the monastery property, visitation of followers by inviting Islamic religious leaders to take part in the project with an emphasis on the households having Buddhist and Islamic elders and bedridden patients, and establishment of a rescue unit to help Buddhists and Muslims.

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Published

2022-07-27

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