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Let's keep Islam and southern unrest separate

Re: "Insurgency in the South is much linked to religion", Letters, July 28

Dean Barrett's comment in response to your editorial, objecting to the claim that the insurgency in the South of Thailand is not linked to religion, shows he has no knowledge about the history of Islam in Thailand and, for that matter, about the insurgency. The same is true of his claim that, if Muslims were the majority in other Thai provinces, there would insurgency there too.

It is a sheer irresponsible comment. It smells of imported Islamophobia. He should read "The Muslims of Thailand" by Michel Gilquin, published in Thailand by Silkworm Books and available at all leading bookstores, to learn more about Islam in Thailand.

Imtiyaz Yusuf

Bangkok


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