Iselin Frydenlund

Iselin Frydenlund
MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society · Department of Religious Studies

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Introduction
Iselin Frydenlund currently works as Professor of Religious Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. Iselin does research in Theravada Buddhism, Comparative Religion and Political Organizations and Parties. Her most recent publication is "Buddhist-Muslim relations in a Theravada World (co-edited with Michael Jerryson), Palgrave MacMillan, 2020.

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The Introduction to this Special Issue on ‘“Love Jihad”: Sexuality, Reproduction and the Construction of the Predatory Muslim Male’ provides a theoretical overview and suggests an analytical lens for how to understand “Love Jihad” and related notions of Islamization through marriage, sexuality, and reproduction. We define “Love Jihad” as the notion...
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Buddhist protectionism in contemporary Myanmar revolves around fears of the decline of Buddhism and deracination of the amyo (group/“race”). Buddhist protectionists and Burmese nationalists have declared Islam and Muslims the greatest threat to race and religion, and Myanmar has witnessed widespread distribution of anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim cont...
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The military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021 ended semi-civilian rule (2011–2021), bringing the country once again under direct military rule. Through a multi-methodological approach—analyzing written statements, digital data, and qualitative interviews—this article explores how multiple religious actors have responded to the coup. Our findings...
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The Introduction offers a broad historical overview of Buddhist–Muslim relations in Buddhist majority states in South and Southeast Asia, showing in important ways the historical fluctuations of Buddhist–Muslim interactions and how they have been informed by trade networks, state formations and imperial policies of cultural difference. Attention is...
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This chapter analyzes the ways in which Buddhists have constructed their identity vis-à-vis non-Buddhists, and how they, particularly in our current times, have made Muslims the “Other.” We draw upon the work of the historian of religion Jonathan Z. Smith, who provides an instructive model to religion and “Othering.” Showing that Buddhists from the...
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This chapter is about Myanmar’s rapid political and social change, after decades-long isolation under military rule. It raises questions about the role of religious actors in the democratization processes. In 2015, four laws to ‘protect race and religion’ were passed in Myanmar’s Parliament, during a critical time in Myanmar’s political transition...
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This book is the first to critically analyze Buddhist-Muslim relations in Theravada Buddhist majority states in South and Southeast Asia. Asia is home to the largest population of Buddhists and Muslims. In recent years, this interfaith communal living has incurred conflicts, such as the ethnic-religious conflicts in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand...
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The military-led reform of the Myanmar state that began in approximately 2011, constituted by partial democratic reform, economic liberalization, and a newly invigorated peace process with more than 20 armed groups, has been hampered by myriad ongoing conflicts and the military’s continued hold on key pillars of power. A notable element of this env...
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This text was published at Oxford Research Encyclopedias: http://oxfordre.com/, on 26 September 2018. From the late 1970s to its defeat by the Government of Sri Lanka in 2009, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fought for Tamil independence in Sri Lanka. The ultimate aim of what was often considered to be one of the world's most discipli...
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Given the long history of discrimination and violence against religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar, international and transnational actors have engaged to address injustice and suffering. These ‘expert’ actors carry with them a particular understanding of religion and of religious freedom, often emphasizing the right to proselytize and to cha...
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Myanmar's democratisation entailed political liberalisation and legal reform, but contrary to liberal expectations, also further restrictions on the right to religious freedom. This article examines four laws that were passed by the President and the Parliament in 2015 in order ‘to protect race and religion’. The laws seek to regulate marriages bet...
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This article addresses Buddhist militarism by exploring monastic-military ritual interactions during the Sri Lankan civil war, lasting from 1983 to 2009. Much has been written on the importance of Buddhism to Sinhala nationalism, the redefinition of the Buddhist monastic role in response to colonialism and the modernization process, as well as the...
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The year 2004 represents a watershed in Buddhist history as for the first time Buddhist monks formed their own political party. This party, named the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), or the National Heritage Party, contested in the Sri Lankan parliamentary elections only three months after its foundation. Carried by a wave of Sinhala nationalism and Bud...
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The role of Buddhist monks for democratization in Myanmar

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The INTERSECT project is funded by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council (NRC)'s FRIPRO Programme, and runs from 2018 to 2023. It is hosted by the MF School of Theology in Oslo and chaired by Prof Iselin Frydenlund at MF. The project explores the flows of Islamophobic ideas and rhetoric in global and transnational contexts, including in India, Myanmar, Norway, the UK. A member of the core research team, my sub-project is an ethnographic study of far-right and racist Qur'an-burnings in Norway.