Buddhist Fundamentalism and Minority Identities in Sri Lanka

Buddhist Fundamentalism and Minority Identities in Sri Lanka

by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

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ISBN-13: 9780791495865
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 926 KB

About the Author

Tessa J. Bartholomeusz is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University and has written Women under the Bo Tree: Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka.

Chandra R. de Silva is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Old Dominion University and has published several books, including Sri Lanka: A History.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1.Buddhist Fundamentalism and Identity in Sri Lanka1
2.Conflicts of Identity and Interpretation in Buddhism: The Clash between the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and the Government of President Premadasa36
3.The Plurality of Buddhist Fundamentalism: An Inquiry into Views among Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka53
4.The Impact of Land Reforms, Rural Images, and Nationalist Ideology on Plantation Tamils74
5.In the Shadow of Violence: "Tamilness" and the Anthropology of Identity in Southern Sri Lanka89
6.Sufi and Reformist Designs: Muslim Identity in Sri Lanka110
7.Sinhala Anglicans and Buddhism in Sri Lanka: When the "Other" Becomes You133
8.Catholic Identity and Global Forces in Sinhala Sri Lanka147
9.Buddhist Burghers and Sinhala-Buddhist Fundamentalism167
10.The Persistence of Political Buddhism186
Select Bibliography197
Contributors207
Index209

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