AIMES Lecture on Muslim-Buddhist Relations in Burma
On October 3, AIMES (SCU's interdisciplinary program in Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies) and the Department of Religious Studies co-sponsored a presentation by Ms. Yasmin Vanya. Originally from Rangoon, she has a leadership position in the Burmese American Women's Alliance and is a member of the Burmese Muslim Association and the Burmese American Democratic Alliance. Yasmin's talk focused on the Rohingya, an ethnic minority population in Burma (also called Myanmar) that is largely Muslim. She discussed the history of Muslim-Buddhist relations in Burma as well as the violent persecution and exodus of the Rohingya from their home country to refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh.