University of Nottingham Malaysia
University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia (UoNARI-M)

Webinar - When Buddhist Monks Meet Muslim Shrines: Buddhism and Islam in Transregional Perspective

1st December 2020
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This panel features a conversation between Jack Chia and Sumit Mandal on their research into transregional connections and inter-cultural interactions among Buddhists and Muslims respectively in Southeast Asia. Chia draws on multilingual research conducted in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to challenge the conventional categories of “Chinese Buddhism” and “Southeast Asian Buddhism” by focusing on lesser-known Chinese Buddhist communities. He explores the reasons behind the migration of Buddhist monks from China to Southeast Asia and how they helped to create a “South China Sea Buddhism.” Mandal discusses Muslim shrines (keramat) in Southeast Asia as the built archives of little-known histories of intellectual and political leadership as well as inter-religious and inter-cultural interaction. He explores how these shrines serve as repositories of a histories of movement and connection across the Indian Ocean. 

Date: 1 December 2020, Tuesday 
Time: 15:00 to 16:30 (Malaysia)
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams  

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About the speakers:   
Jack Meng-Tat Chia is Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on Buddhism and Chinese popular religion in Southeast Asia, transnational Buddhism, and Sino-Southeast Asian interactions. He is the author of Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea (Oxford, 2020), as well as articles in Asian Ethnology, China Quarterly Contemporary Buddhism, History of Religions, and the Journal of Chinese Religions.

Sumit Mandal is Associate Professor of History at the School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. His research concerns historical forms of inter-religious and inter-cultural interactions and their outcomes in Muslim Southeast Asia. He is the author of Becoming Arab: Creole Histories and Modern Identity in the Malay World (Cambridge, 2018). 

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