Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice

Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice

by Ian Harris
     
 

"The study of Cambodian religion has long been hampered by a lack of easily accessible scholarship. This new work by Ian Harris thus fills a major gap and offers English-language scholars a book-length, up-to-date treatment of the religious aspects of Cambodian culture. Beginning with a coherent history of the presence of religion in the country from its inception to… See more details below

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"The study of Cambodian religion has long been hampered by a lack of easily accessible scholarship. This new work by Ian Harris thus fills a major gap and offers English-language scholars a book-length, up-to-date treatment of the religious aspects of Cambodian culture. Beginning with a coherent history of the presence of religion in the country from its inception to the present day, the book goes on to furnish insights into the distinctive nature of Cambodia's important yet overlooked manifestation of Theravada Buddhist tradition and shows how it reestablished itself following almost total annihilation during the Pol Pot period." Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice synthesizes an enormous range of scholarship (most of it in French), complemented by the author's own fieldwork in modern Cambodia. The result is a wide-ranging, well-documented, and comprehensive account of a neglected Southeast Asian tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824827656
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Buddhism in Cambodia : from its origins to the fall of Angkor1
2The medieval period and the emergence of the Theravada26
3Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia : territorial and social lineaments49
4Literary and cult traditions81
5Cambodian Buddhism under colonial rule105
6Buddhism and Cambodian nationalism131
7Liberation : the religio-political dimension157
8Cambodian Buddhism after the Khmer Rouge190
App. ACambodian inscriptions discussed in the book231
App. BEvidence chart based on materials discussed in chapter 1233
App. CEcclesiastical hierarchies in the two Cambodian Buddhist orders236

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