By Patrick Grant

Looks at how a non secular culture may be appropriated via these interested by ethno-nationalist conflict.

Patrick supply explores the connection among Buddhism and violent ethnic clash in sleek Sri Lanka utilizing the idea that of “regressive inversion.” Regressive inversion happens whilst common instructing, reminiscent of that of the Buddha, is redeployed to supercharge passions linked to the categories of crew loyalty that the common educating itself intends to go beyond. The publication starts with an account of the most teachings of Theravada Buddhism and appears at how those tell, or fail to notify, sleek interpreters. furnish considers the writings of 3 key figures—Anagarika Dharmapala, Walpola Rahula, and J. R. Jayewardene—who addressed Buddhism and politics within the years major as much as Sri Lanka’s political independence from Britain, and as a result, in postcolonial Sri Lanka. This ebook makes the Sri Lankan clash obtainable to readers attracted to the trendy worldwide phenomenon of ethnic violence related to faith and in addition illuminates comparable conflicts round the world.

“…a reliable advent to Buddhism and its dating with the clash in Sri Lanka through the 20th century. This paintings could be in particular invaluable to students taking a look at the intersection of faith and politics in occasions of difficulty. It will also be an invaluable textual content in classes in faith, historical past, sociology, and clash. Buddhism and Ethnic clash in Sri Lanka offers an invaluable lens that may be used to check comparable conflicts round the globe.” — H-Net experiences (H-Genocide)

“Understanding the explanations for the clash … continues to be a severe desire, in an effort to insure that Sri Lanka’s army victory doesn't serve basically as a prelude to extra insurgency … supply seeks to give a contribution to this figuring out via explaining the formation of ethnic department alongside non secular lines.” — foreign magazine of Asian Studies

“…Grant introduces a method of study that illuminates the ways that specific Buddhist views have fueled this civil struggle … provide insightfully, compellingly, and provocatively makes a speciality of the function of language, rhetoric, and mind's eye within the formation of ideologies that experience worsened this conflict.” — magazine of Asian Studies

Patrick provide is Professor Emeritus of English on the college of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. he's the writer of a number of books, together with Literature, Rhetoric, and Violence in Northern eire, 1968–1998: Hardened to loss of life and Personalism and the Politics of Culture.

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