Dr Elizabeth Harris, Honorary Research Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham

Isn’t Buddhism just fantastic and isn’t violence just terrible? Buddhist violence in Myanmar will have you confused. You might be tempted, naively, to think that religion seems to make no difference whatsoever to a society.

You wouldn’t be so confused if you had studied these things as much as me. To understand violence, from Buddhists or Christians, requires much thought and wisdom, which I have fortunately acquired, and you probably have not. Suffice to say, it is possible for people such as myself to understand these things.