The question of what it means “To be Thai” has been the subject of much discussion over the past century in Thailand, with definitions of “being Thai” offered that have ranged from monolithic and exclusivist to broad and inclusive. One important component of the Thai nation is the Muslim religious group, concentrated in the south of the kingdom, but with important representation throughout other regions as well. Adherents of the Muslim religion are found in a variety of different ethnic and linguistic communities in Thailand, but they share in common their faith and the role of the mosque as the sacred center of the community and symbol of the Muslim way of life.
This panel discussion will examine Thai mosques as a case study of how an important minority cultural tradition has found a place within the diverse Siamese cultural heritage.
- How do Thai mosques, looked at over the course of Thai history and at the present time, reflect the cultural role of the Muslim community as part of the greater Siamese cultural heritage, and demonstrate how the Muslim community has integrated with the Thai nation?
- What can we learn about integration of the Muslim community into Siamese culture through identifying regional differences of mosques and the community experience of mosques within Thailand?
- How can mosques more fully realize their potential as a part of Thai cultural heritage, contributing to the well-being of the nation as a whole, and how can the non-Muslim communities contribute to this effort?
- How can we learn about Islam through mosques?
Welcome speech by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, the Siam Society President
|1:20 – 4:00 p.m.||
A panel discussion on Mosque: Mirroring Home of the "Thai" Heart.
Panelists consist of;
Asst. Prof. Dr. Adis Idris Raksamanee
Dr. Julispong Chularatana
Mr. Kong Rithdee
Doctor Pechdau Tomeena
Moderated by Mr. Pinyo Trisuriyatamma
4:00 – 4:30 p.m
This seminar will be conducted in Thai. No admission fee.
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