Skip to main content
Browse by:

Until further notice, in-person public events have been canceled. This includes recruitment events, tours, student programs, reunions, performances, conferences and social events.
Event listings include how to access online content. Contact event sponsor with questions.
Please note that all visitors to campus must comply with Duke’s community safety measures, which include wearing a mask,
check before coming to campus, and follow direction provided by campus personnel.

The Violence of Buddhist Tolerance: Genealogies of Religious Difference in Colonial Burma

Alicia Turner
Icon calendar
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Icon time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Icon speaker
Alicia Turner, Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, York University
Icon series
APSI Speaker Series

The violence against the Rohingya shocked many around the world because of what they understood to be the inherently tolerant nature of Buddhism. And yet, Burmese discourse justified violence and broader anti-Muslim sentiment by appealing to the same tolerant nature of Buddhism and amplifying fears Buddhism could be lost by being overrun by less tolerant religious others.

Alicia Turner, Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at York University, explores how roots of this problem lie in colonial liberal secularism, charting the genealogy of the idea of Burma (Myanmar) as a place of particular religious tolerance starting in the 18th century, and its intersections with the European construction of Buddhism as a world religion in the second half of the 19th century.