Chris Joll

Chris Joll
Chulalongkorn University · Institute of Asian Studies

Ph.D. (National University of Malaysia)

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Introduction
I am a New Zealand anthropologist who has been based in Thailand for 17 years. My principal ethnographic subjects might have been Thailand’s Muslim minority, but my research interests are inter-disciplinary (anthropology, history, theology, Islamic studies), inter-religious (Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism), and trans-national (Thailand and Malaysia, the Indian Ocean).
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - present
Chulalongkorn University
Position
  • Research Associate
October 2018 - September 2019
Chulalongkorn University
Position
  • Fellow
January 2018 - September 2018
Thammasat University
Position
  • Fellow
Education
January 2005 - September 2008
Institute of the Malay World & Civilization (ATMA), National University of Malaysia
Field of study
  • Anthropology, Malay Studies

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Publications (137)
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This article examines how Bangkok's religious economy has been diversified by Ahmad Wahab (1883-1956), Direk Kulsiriswad (also known as Ibrahim Qureshi) (1922-2005) and Sheikh Rida Ahmad Samadi (1969-) from the 1920s onwards. In addition to engaging with a series of recent empirically rich contributions from Thai Muslim scholars, we introduce eleme...
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In this talk, I present some provisional findings that sheds new light on both the cultural geography of Islam in Thailand, and northern extremities of the Malay world. An analysis of mosques officially registered in Thailand reveals that 10% are located in Central Thailand. Half of these are part of metropolitan Bangkok, and 74% of these are conce...
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This short article presents provisional findings that shed new light on both the cultural geography of Islam in Thailand, and northern extremities of the Malay world. An analysis of mosques officially registered in Thailand reveals that 10% are located in Central Thailand. Half of these are part of metropolitan Bangkok, and 74% of these are concent...
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This article reconstructs the history of Kling Muslims’ contribution to the religious and ethnic cosmopolitanism of sixteenth-century Ayutthaya. This study's argument is constructed based on an aggregate of written fragments about the Kling in both Portuguese primary sources and the wider academic literature. We reveal that, amongst the many ways i...
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This article revisits the Dusun Nyoir rebellion of April 1948. My primary objective is to ll gaps missed by others whom I have learnt much from. Few familiar with the wider geography of violence in South Thailand are unaware of connections between this and the coordinated attacks on April 28 2004, which included the employment of Malay magic. This...
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This article interrogates the rise and demise of the three Muslim rulers of Singora (present-day Songkhla) in the 17th century, who preceded Songkhla's Hokkien "Rayas" recently described by Bisalputra and Sng (2020). In addition to taking a "connected histories" approach to these political developments, we demonstrate the utility of a multidiscipli...
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This article explores how scholarship can be put to work by specialists penning evidence-based policies seeking peaceful resolutions to long-standing, complex, and so-far intractable conflict in the Malay-Muslim dominated provinces of South Thailand. I contend that more is required than mere empirical data, and that the existing analysis of this co...
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This article offers theoretical and ethnographic perspectives on language ideology and autonym preference among bilingual urban Malays in Pattani's provincial capital. The first of its two substantive sections presents a concise summary of the most relevant insights provided by linguistic anthropologists and sociolinguists who have written on langu...
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This chapter examines interethnic and interreligious interactions between Buddhists and Muslims in South Thailand, which have been many and varied. Contact—like conflict—takes a number of forms, but my approach explores the utility of Chayan Vaddhanaphuti’s attentiveness to multi-causality in “ethnic” conflicts in North Thailand. I begin with a sho...
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This article explores the historical and contemporary importance of Makkah and the Hajj for Malays in South Thailand. Our multi-disciplinary approach examines relevant historiographies, the insights of Islamic Studies scholars, and ethnographic data collected in Pattani’s provincial capital. We point out that in the outputs produced by literary net...
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This article describes changes in the “religious geography” of Southern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat since the 1960s, that was led by a range of religious entrepreneurs returning to South Thailand from Middle East and South Asia. We begin by conceptualising the nature of Islamic diversity in South Thailand, in ways that moves bey...
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This article considers the curious case study of Thai literary networks in the late Ayutthaya, the networks’ adoption and adaptations of the Javanese Panji epic, and what these innovations reveal about the form of cosmopolitanism that existed until the late Bangkok period. While windows into what we refer to as Siamese cosmopolitanism have been rec...
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In this chapter, we describe the interrelationships between the approximate four million Muslims and the 62 million Theravada Buddhists residing in Thailand. We discuss some of the historical, economic, political, and religious factors that have influenced the interaction between these ethnoreligious groups. The majority of the Muslims reside in pr...
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The utility of the discourse of "religious freedom" has recently been called into question by scholars of religion seeking to make sense of "religious" persecution of minorities. The primary objective of this paper is to point out the shortcomings of analyzing religious agency at the expense of other equally important (political, economic, and ethn...
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This experimental exhibition of ethnographic photography is based on five years of ground-breaking fieldwork in Thailand (between 2012 and 2017) amongst members of Muslim movements inspired by Sufism. It was exhibited at The New Zealand Asian Studies Association 23rd Biennial International Conference, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, No...
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Although actively preparing for increased integration in the region in 2015, Thailand is often cited as one of ASEAN’s most ethnically and linguistically homogeneous member. This article considers Javanese presence, and influence in Central Thai between the Ayutthaya period and early Bangkok period, asking whether Siam's captivation with Javanese c...
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This article represents a response to the perceived dearth of studies pursuing an explicitly comparative approach to Southeast Asian historiography in the early modern period. Before the publication of Chris Baker's "Ayutthaya Rising from Land or Sea?", there were a few examples in the secondary literature on "littoral", and "mainland" of any engag...
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The peninsular between the Thai capital of Bangko and the southern tip of Malaysia opposite the city-state of Singapore is the longest in the world. While routinely referred to as the "Malay Peninsula" this curated collection of maps drawn by European cartographers, draws attention to the range of ways that the political and cultural geography of t...
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This exhibition presents some rare glimpses into the devotional and communal life of two Sufi orders (tariqa) with followings amongst rural Malays in Thailand's southern border. Based on 5 years of slow, multi-sited fieldwork in some of the most violent districts since the resumption of violence in 2004, these images reveal ways that mystical knowl...
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Objectives: 1. Detail the introduction of the Ahmadiyya-Idrisiyya to Kelantan/Patani. 2. Compare its arrival to other tariqa in Thailand from the late 19th and mid-20th Centuries. 3. Consider what the adoption of Ahmadiyya-Idrisiyya tells us about the [Mecca-based] “Patani School”, its agenda, and reputation as a progressive intellectual force. 4....
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This illustrated presentation introduces the surprising commonalities between George Town, Penang, and central Thailand, specifically Ayutthaya. After an introduction to his use of visual anthropology, Christopher M. Joll focuses on Sufism in Thailand. He relates the arrival of the Ayutthaya chapter of the Qadriyyah Sufi order with present-day Tami...
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No credible claims can be made that the role of Malay has been entirely overlooked by those studying conflict dynamics in South Thailand. Nevertheless, those concerned with religious factors dwarf the number of studies interrogating issues related to language. Without suggesting that language represents some sort of silver bullet solution to this c...
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This chapter examines inter-ethnic and inter-religious interactions between Buddhists and Muslims in South Thailand. Thailand’s large and growing Muslim minority have longstanding and close contacts with (Theravada) Buddhists, like similar minorities in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia.The uniqueness of these dynamics should not be overexaggerated....
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Particularly when compared with other ASEAN member states with Muslim minorities, Islam in Thailand has been remarkably well studied. Graduates determined to read everything written about Thailand’s Muslim face, but whose environmental sensibilities would be offended by having to sacrifice a small forest to print off hardcopies of all published wor...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series" was funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. The Study Skills Webinar Series YouTube Channel can be found at https://w...
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The "Study Skills Webinar Series " has been funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com
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No credible claims can be made that the role of language – specifically Malay – has been entirely overlooked by those studying conflict dynamics in South Thailand. Nevertheless, those concerned with religious factors dwarf the number of studies interrogating language issues. Without suggesting that language represents some sort of silver bullet sol...
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Feeding the Faithful presents visual vignettes of the kitchens serving mosques, graves, and pondok connected to Sufi movements between Thailand's central plains, and Malay far-south. These more than merely sustain the faithful during festivals, and periods of seclusion (suluk), but produce the elements through which connections to sacred places and...
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Feeding the Faithful presents visual vignettes of the kitchens serving mosques, graves, and pondok connected to Sufi movements between Thailand's central plains, and Malay far-south. These more than merely sustain the faithful during festivals, and periods of seclusion (suluk), but produce the elements through which connections to sacred places and...
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The fieldwork photos in this exhibition were taken during the course of a multi-sited project between Thailand’s Central Plains, and Malay-dominated far southern provinces. The ethnographic subjects that these visualise, are members of Muslim movements influenced by Sufism. Despite their diversity, an aspect of community life central to all these m...
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This paper explores the role played by food in the Muslim economy of merit. My insights might be based on extended ethnographic fieldwork in South Thailand, but contacts with Muslim communities elsewhere in Thailand, and in northern Malaysia, along with the extensive secondary literature on this subject confirms that these ritual exchanges are wide...
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Alternative medicine and is often controversial, and many consider practitioners like bomohs, spirit mediums, herbal specialists, acupuncturists, or chiropractors as quacks. Reasons range from their incompatibility with modernity, to the success that powerful interests have manipulated public opinion that their pharmaceutical products are the most...
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The ”Study Skills Webinar Series ” has been funded, conceptualised, and produced by the Research Development Unit at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts. Each short webinar can be viewed at the YouTube link provided, and the PDF provides a short summary of its contents. You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com
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Among the many important – but under-studied – legacies of Ayutthaya’s cosmopolitan past is its large & diverse Muslim communities. One of the world’s largest Sufi Orders, the Qadriyyah, has been present since the 16th century. This was revitalized in the late 19th century by local Muslims who introduced the Qadiriyyh wa Naqshabandiyyah, an Indones...
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This article presents a critical comparison of the ongoing peace processes in the southern Philippines and Myanmar (Burma). It does so by examining two key armed groups: the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Mindanao, and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Myanmar. We identify common elements that help to explain the relative – albeit incomple...
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Anyone familiar with the career of activist intellectual Dr Chayan Vaddhanaphuti are aware that his primary ethnographic subject have been ethnic minorities in Thailand and beyond. Although his interests may appear unsurprising for someone hailing from the north which is widely regarded as Thailand’s most ethnically diverse region, Thailand’s ethni...
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Paper presented at 5th Annual East Asian Peace Conference: “Regional Peace and Domestic Conflict”, Jointly organized by the East Asian Peace Program, Uppsala University, and the Asia Researc Institute, National University of Singapore Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel, 6-8 November 2015
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This is a bibliography of English language references [excluding Southern security]
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This is a topically organized comprehensive bibliography of (mainly) English language scholarship concerned with Thailand's large Muslim minority
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Although historically influenced by Theravada Buddhist for more than a millennium, Thailand's ethnic, linguistic, and religious homogeneity has been over-asserted by state-makers, and erroneously assumed by some scholars. After descendants of Chinese immigrants, widely regarded as Thailand's largest and most successfully assimilated ethnic minority...
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Sufi orders (turuq, sg. tariqa ) constitute an important element of Thailand’s Islamic traditionalist majority which have received next to no scholarly attention. The reasons for this neglect are complicated. Beyond (non-negligible) methodological constraints and difficulties in attaining access to these carefully guarded communities, we can also o...
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John Roxborogh is a New Zealand Presbyterian minister, and church historian, who spent almost a decade on the faculty of Seremban’s Seminari Theoloji Malaysia. Although his A History of Christianity is concise and accessible, it represents a meticulously referenced account of the personalities and processes through which Malaysia’s Christian commun...
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This article presents an alternative to the analysis of Thai merit-making rhetoric (tham bun) that associates it with Theravada Buddhism and syncretic anomalies. A review of the processes through which Islam became an authentically Southeast Asian religion suggests that this merit-making conundrum is a recent example of the adoption and adaptation...
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This paper is a contribution to a historical ethnography of Sufi orders (turuq) located between Thailand’s central plains and the Malay-speaking deep south. In contrast to the modernist, reformist, and revivalist Islamic movements firmly embedded in Thailand’s religious landscape, next to nothing is known about these Sufi movements, for a variety o...

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