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Law, Politics and Islam in Myanmar

Upcoming seminar:  October 5, 2015, 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Where:  Isaac Brown Room (ground floor bld. 55, next to busloop), Clayton Campus, Monash University, Centre of Southeast Asia Studies Abstract: In the lead up to the Myanmar elections in November 2015, one issue has stood out: the precarious position of Muslims. From the recently enacted four laws that restrict inter-religious marriage, conversion and polygamy, to the disenfranchisement of those who do not hold full citizenship (many of whom are Muslims), opposition towards Islam has become a tool to garner political support. The dominant representation that emerges from these developments is the stereotype that Muslims do not belong in Myanmar. This presentation seeks to unpack recent developments and counter these perceptions by identifying ways in which Muslims in Burma have constructed a ‘Burmese Muslim’ identity. Mosque in Moulemein, 2015 In this talk I demonstrate that the primary response of Muslim