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Muslim political activity in transitional Myanmar


Farrelly, N, Muslim political activity in transitional Myanmar, Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging, Oxford University Press, M Crouch (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 99-124. ISBN 9780199461202 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461202.003.0005


This chapter offers the first analysis of the dynamics of Muslim engagement in the political arena in Myanmar. Coming at a critical time in Myanmar’s electoral history, the chapter deftly captures the nature and extent of Muslim political participation and the particular geographical concentration in Rakhine State. It recognises that the handful of political parties that rely on a Muslim supporter base are primarily active in northern Rakhine State, although some non-Muslim political parties such as the military-backed political party, the USDP, have several Rohingya members of parliament. The chapter provides original, detailed profiles of several of the main political parties in which Muslims are active.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Myanmar, Islam, politics, political participation, state, elections
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International political economy (excl. international trade)
UTAS Author:Farrelly, N (Professor Nicholas Farrelly)
ID Code:145233
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-12
Last Modified:2022-10-03

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