By John Clifford Holt
Whilst the civil warfare in Sri Lanka among Sinhala Buddhists and Tamils resulted in 2009, many Sri Lankans and overseas observers alike was hoping to determine the re-establishment of particularly harmonious spiritual and ethnic family one of the a number of groups within the kingdom. in its place, a unique form of violence erupted, this time geared toward the Muslim group. The essays in Buddhist Extremists and Muslim Minorities examine the historical past and present kingdom of Buddhist-Muslim family in Sri Lanka, in an try to determine the motives of this newly emergent clash. Euro-American readers surprising with this tale can be stunned to benefit that it inverts universal stereotypes of the 2 non secular teams. during this context, definite teams of Buddhists, mostly thought of peace-oriented within the West, are engaged in victimizing Muslims, who're more and more noticeable as militant. The authors learn the historic contexts and major purposes that gave upward thrust to Buddhist nationalism and competitive assaults on Muslim groups. the increase of Buddhist nationalism ordinarily is analyzed and defined, whereas the explicit position, equipment, and personality of the militant Bodu Bala Sena ("Army of Buddhist Power") circulate obtain specific scrutiny. The motivations for assaults on Muslims may perhaps comprise deep-seated perceptions of monetary disparity, yet components of spiritual tradition (ritual and image) also are obvious as catalysts for explosive acts of violence. This much-needed, well timed remark grants to shift the normal narrative on Muslims and spiritual violence.