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Conflict in Southern Thailand: Historical perspectives

Abdul Ghani, Ahmad Bashawir and Laewsom, Chumphom (2011) Conflict in Southern Thailand: Historical perspectives. In: Second Seminar on National Resilience (SNAR II), 18-19 October 2011, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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In the southern border provinces of Thailand, especially Pattani, Yalaa and Narathiwat, there are two religious groups of people, Thai Muslims and Buddhists.However, the percentage of Thai Muslims is higher than Thai Buddhists. The historical differences of race, culture and religion may have contributed to the ethnic conflict between the state and Thai Muslims for decades.The lack of knowledge in relation to understanding Muslims religious way of life, Muslims were coerced directly or indirectly to act as Thai Buddhists by the Thai government. This is found to be one of the biggest conundrum and pressing issues Thai governments should address and find an amicable solution urgently. Additionally, it is essential to note that historical perspectives of Pattani state is completely different from both side, this can lead to potentially political conflict in this area.Therefore, the government should rewrite a new paradigm by cooperating with all groups of people involve this conflict.If the majority of people could accept the recognition of diversity and promote unity, ‘eventually’ this will result ‘in peaceful coexistence’.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0193-05-2 Anjuran: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, Historical perspectives, Thailand
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Prof.Dato' Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Haji Abdul Ghani
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 06:36
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 06:36

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