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A Dialogue on  “Religious and Cultural Diversity: A Case of Muslim students on the Hijab at school”



One high school in Bangkok does not allow Muslim students to wear the hijab to school. This  school rents the land from a Buddhist temple. Muslim students then claim the rights to wear it. At the same time, students need to follow the school’s regulation. This issue has the potential to create confusion, misunderstanding, and disharmony in Thai society.

             In order to tackle this issue, it is important that we understand and respect cultural diversity. In doing so, we create an opportunity to learn from and appreciate the many different individual identities – each with her or his own principles and practices -in Thai society.  By showing consideration for different cultural principles and practices we have an opportunity to overcome the difficulties associated with a multi-cultural society and enhance mutual understanding.


             Mahidol University’s Research Center for Peace Building, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Religious Studies, and Center for Human Rights and Social Development cooperated to conduct a Dialogue on Religious and Cultural Diversity.                  


              The focus of the dialogue is aimed at ‘deep listening’ to the different feeling, needs and reasons from all stakeholders on the issue of wearing the Hijab at school.Religions for Peace, New York, kindly granted funding for this dialogue.


1.    To understand and respect religious and cultural diversity.


2.    To take this issue as an opportunity to listen to reason and enhance understanding of each other’s identity through dialogue.


3.    To listen, learn, grow and change the possible bias and misunderstanding.


4.    To provide academic services to society.


1.    Panel Discussion

2.    Dialogue

Joint Arrangements

1.    Religions for Peace – funding

2.    Research Center for Peace Building, Mahidol University


3.    Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University


4.    Department of Humanities, Mahidol University


5.    College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University6.    Center for Human Rights and Social Development, Mahidol University 


Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8.30 am – 16.30 pm


Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University.

Target group

1.    Students and faculty members,  Mahidol University

2.    People affected by the ban of wearing Hijab at school


3.    The general public and media

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