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Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka / Edition 2

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Overview

This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka--given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy--are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.
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For the benefit of general readers, both inside and outside of academia, who have put all their peace and freedom eggs in the Buddhist basket, Tambiah (professor of anthropology and curator of South Asian ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard U.) probes the extent to which, and the manner in which, Buddhism, as a espoused by Sri Lankans of the late 19th and the 20th centuries, has contributed to the current ethnic conflict and collective violence in Sri Lanka. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The Question 1
2 The Period of Buddhist Revivalism, 1860-1915 5
3 Politics and Constitutional Progress, 1915-1946 9
4 Radical Monks and the Legitimation of Monks' Participation in Politics 15
5 The Betrayal and Restoration of Buddhism: Accusations and Remedies 22
6 The Betrayal of Buddhism: Report of the Committee of Inquiry 30
7 The Social Revolution of 1956 and Its Aftermath 42
8 The Restoration of Buddhism and the Transformation of Education in the 1960s and 1970s 58
9 The 1970s and 1980s: The Deepening Crisis 66
10 The Mavbima Surakime Vyaparaya (MSV): The Movement for the Protection of the Motherland 80
11 Monks and Violence Face to Face 95
12 The Parameters of Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhist Democracy 102
13 Epilogue: Sinhalese Identity: The Legacy of the Past 129
Appendix: Testing Some Charges in The Betrayal of Buddhism 183
References 189
Index 195
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