Michael Jerryson
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Youngstown State University

Michael Jerryson is an associate professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University in Ohio. He is co-founder and co-chair of the Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence Unit through the American Academy of Religion, and co-edits the Journal of Religion and Violence. Among his publications, he is the co-editor of Buddhist Warfare, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, and editor of the The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism. His forthcoming book is If You See the Buddha on the Road: Essays on Buddhism, Politics, and Violence. 

Written by Michael Jerryson

Members of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) listen to a speech by Ashin Wirathu in Colombo, September 2014. Wirathu, a radical monk, is accused of stirring violence against Muslims. Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
Monks with guns

Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?

Michael Jerryson