by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

Mosque: Mirroring Home of the "Thai" Heart

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.










1:15 p.m.   

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
Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Kasem Bundit University

Professor Dr. Chaiwat Satha-anand
Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University

Dr. Julispong Chularatana
Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Mr. Kong Rithdee
Film critic and columnist, Bangkok Post

Doctor Pechdau Tomeena
Director of Mental Health Center 15 (Southern border provinces)

Moderated by Mr. Pinyo Trisuriyatamma
TV Program moderator, Thai PBS (TPBS) Channel Thailand


4:00 – 4:30 p.m

Opinion sharing


End program


This seminar will be conducted in Thai. No admission fee.


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