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ISBN : 9782919122752

Format : 15 x 21

Pages : 160

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Rohingyas, de la fable à la réalité
(Rohingyas from fable to reality)

Didier Treutenaere | October 2018

What are the Rohingyas? Who are the terrorists and what goals are they pursuing? What are the real geopolitical, economic and ideological aims of this conflict?
How the emotion provoked by this humanitarian catastrophe is utilised for propaganda, to give the world two inverted images: that of a persecuted Islam that the jihadists would only protect and that of a “Radical Buddhism” which would betray its ideals.

The book

During 2016 and 2017 there were two waves of jihadist attacks on military and civilian targets in Rakhine State, western Myanmar (formerly Burma), provoking a massive response by the Burmese security forces and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Bengali Muslims, the “Rohingyas”.
This book first analyzes the immediate and profound causes of these events: what are the Rohingyas? Who are the terrorists and what goals are they pursuing? What are the real geopolitical, economic and ideological aims of this conflict?
The author goes on to demonstrate how the emotion provoked by this humanitarian catastrophe is utilised for propaganda, to give the world two inverted images: that of a persecuted Islam that the jihadists would only protect and that of a “Radical Buddhism” which would betray its ideals.
The situation in Myanmar also raises questions whose answers concern all peoples and all nations: why point to a people attached to its identity, a nation concerned about its security, integrity and sovereignty? Does the “international community” have any absolute right to interfere, especially when its philosophy, strategy and methods contradict the fundamental interests of a country?

The author

Didier Treutenaere graduated in philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and has specialised in the study of Buddhist texts and the pāli language of Theravāda Buddhism (somewhat akin to Latin in the Roman Catholic religion). He continues to write and to translate works devoted to the Theravāda tradition.