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Religious co-existence in Bangladesh: an empirical study of Hindu perception of Hindu - Muslim relationship in Satkhira

Ushama, Thameem and Obaidullah, Muhammad (2014) Religious co-existence in Bangladesh: an empirical study of Hindu perception of Hindu - Muslim relationship in Satkhira. In: 2nd International Conference On Creativity And Innovation For Sustainable Development 2014 (ICCI 2014), 20-22 Oct. 2014, Conference Room, Kuliyyah Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia.

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This article presents a case study of the perceptions of Hindus regarding Muslim-Hindu relationship in Bangladesh with special reference to Satkhira district. One view is that as a Muslim majority, Bangladesh maintains peaceful religious coexistence. Another view is quite contrary to it. Despite diversified arguments in the print and electronic Medias, the true state of affair seems to be different with regard to peaceful religious co-existence. This research based on a survey among the Hindus of Satkhira district shows that 89.9% Hindus have congenial relationship with Muslims. 89.4% Hindus attend socio-cultural programmes, i.e. wedding ceremonies, Id festivals and others. 94.3% Hindus take care of the needy regardless of their religious affiliations. 85.1% Hindus cooperate with Muslims in their social life. Obviously, 83.5% Hindus either have business dealings with Muslim partners or prefer to have joint venture with them. 71.2% Hindus assert that Muslims facilitate to enjoy their educational, social, economic, and political rights. 79.4% Hindus have good understanding of each other and strive for peaceful co- existence. 81% Hindus contend that they do not observe religious persecutions and 85.1% record that they live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors. However, 76.5% respondents are of the view that religious conflicts take place due to political differences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 309/42718
Uncontrolled Keywords: Minorities, Religion, Co-Existence, Perceptions, Relationship, Peace
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: Prof.Dr Thameem Ushama
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 16:25
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 15:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/42718

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