The Current Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar in Historical Perspective

  • Citation: ​​Alam, Jobair. “The Current Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar in Historical Perspective.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 39, no. 1 (2019): 1–25.
    • Topics:
    • Country and Regional Studies
    • Keywords:
    • Rohingya
    • Myanmar
    • minority
    • persecution
    • stateless
    • citizenship
    • British colonialism
    • refugee crisis

This paper critically examines the longstanding Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. It argues that the crisis is rooted in the British colonial era that subsequently gained momentum through their (i) gradual marginalization as an ethnic minority, (ii) exclusion from the governmental institutions, and (iii) deprivation of citizenship, effectively rendering them stateless. Starting with a demographic profile of the Rohingya it explores the major elements of the crisis from the colonial period to the present day through a historiographical methodology. Based on these historical factors shaping and aggravating the crisis, the paper concludes with a mitigating recommendatory pursuit towards a durable resolution.