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Context-bound Islamic theodicies and their use to define local identity in the aftermath of natural hazard
Durham University.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Muslims in the Satun province in Southern Thailand quickly espoused the explanation of the natural catastrophe as God’s wrath. This interpretation was amplified by the local production of media material by a religious teacher and by the presence of other visual items (both commercial films and Middle Eastern religious production) reinforcing this view.

Apart from representing general understanding of the particular event, the use of theodicies seemed to reinforce the definition of ethno-religious boundaries and local identities. This finding suggests that in the aftermath of natural hazard, research efforts should be devoted to analyzing local discourses beyond the analytical frame of trauma relief intervention, local cohesion, and instead toward a more complex understanding of regional dynamics. The impact of theodicy goes beyond the immediate coping strategies of individuals and communities and affects the future behaviour of individuals, at least ideally.

This paper analyzes the development of local media which progressed from news-reportage layout toward a more refined complex commentary with the definition of alleged proper Islamic identity and conduct. It will also argue that general theological explanations are applied locally with political, educational and disciplinary intents which must be considered during relief interventions. 

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2010.
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332356DiVA: diva2:1152958
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6th EUROSEAS Conference in Gothenburg, 26–28 August
Available from: 2017-10-26 Created: 2017-10-26 Last updated: 2017-10-26

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