Burmanization Of Myanmar's Muslims
By Jean A. Berlie
The Burmanization of Myanmar's Muslims deals with a similar cultural process called sinicization in China and sanskritization in India. It copes with selected aspects of the Burmanization process, linguistic integration. citizenship, rate of culture change and changes in value systems. The Tutmadaw Government's ethics emphasize unity, a desirable point, but also "one dominant ethnic group (Burman), one united country (Myanmar) and one religion (Buddhism)". Buddhism is de facto the state religion, and Muslims and other religious minorities are not protected by the State.
The Muslim population is subject to Burmanization which is a socio-political strategy aiming at the assimilation of the ethnic and religious minorities of Myanmar. This study makes a powerful contribution to the knowledge of the Muslims of Burma but also looks both within and beyond the Muslim societies of South, East, and Southeast Asia.
190 pages, 16 pp. illus.