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Title: Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka
Author: Deegalle, Mahinda
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415359207
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
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Interdisciplinary in its approach, this book explores the dilemmas that Buddhism faces in relation to the continuing ethnic conflict and violence in modern Sri Lanka. Prominent scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, Buddhist studies and Pali examine multiple dimensions of the problem. Buddhist responses to the crisis are discussed in detail, along with how Buddhism can help to create peace in Sri Lanka. Evaluating the role of Buddhists and their institutions in bringing about an end to war and violence as well as possibly heightening the problem, this collection puts forward a critical analysis of the religious conditions contributing to continuing hostilities.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Is the Sri Lankan War a Buddhist Fundamentalism? 3. Hindu Influences on Medieval Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture 4. The Theravada Analysis of Conflicts 5. A 'Righteous War' in Buddhism? 6. Semantic Transformations of Dhammadipa 7. Sinhala Fears of Tamil Demands 8. Historiography in Conflict and Violence 9. Buddhism, Ethnicity and Identity: A Problem in Buddhist History 10. Identity Issues of Sinhalas and Tamils 11. Roots of the Conflict and the Peace Process 12. Buddhist Monks and Peace in Sri Lanka 13. The Role of Buddhist Monks in Resolving the Conflict 14. Sarvodaya's Pursuit of Peace 15. JHU Politics for Peace and a Righteous State Bibliography Index