Faith in forgiveness? Exploring conversions to Christianity within a former Khmer Rouge community

Peter Manning, Duong Keo, Daniel Kilburn

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This article explores stories of former members of the Khmer Rouge who have converted to Christianity. It sheds light on the intersections of patterns of religious change in Cambodia, which implicates peace-building, redress, and development trajectories in the wake of conflict and atrocities. The case raises important questions about why former members of the Khmer Rouge convert to Christianity and the social, political, and ethical implications of their conversions. We explore these questions to show that, while transitions and attendant redress efforts in Cambodia have been principally explained at the level of the state, we should pay closer attention to the granular experiences of former Khmer Rouge members as they navigate Cambodia’s changing post-conflict terrain, and the social and cultural sites through which they have made their experiences of the past meaningful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-74
Number of pages24
JournalCritical Asian Studies
Issue number1
Early online date11 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019



  • Christianity
  • Conversion
  • Khmer Rouge
  • peace
  • reconciliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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