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Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka

Book review in, April 21, 2006

Buddhism, Conflict & Violence in Modern Sri LankaDeegalle, Mahinda (ed.):
Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka / ed. by Mahinda Deegalle. - London [u.a.] : Routledge, 2006. - XV, 277 S. - (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)
ISBN 0-415-35920-1

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. [Routledge]

1. Introduction / Mahinda Deegalle
2. Is the Sri Lankan War a Buddhist Fundamentalism? / Richard Gombrich
3. Hindu Influences on Medieval Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture / John C. Holt
4. The Theravada Analysis of Conflicts / Mahinda Palihawadana
5. A 'Righteous War' in Buddhism? / P. D. Premasiri
6. Semantic Transformations of Dhammadipa / Peter Schalk
7. Sinhala Fears of Tamil Demands / Alvappillai Veluppillai
8. Historiography in Conflict and Violence / Ananda Wickremeratne
9. Buddhism, Ethnicity and Identity: A Problem in Buddhist History / Gananath Obeyesekere
10. Identity Issues of Sinhalas and Tamils / Bardwell Smith
11. Roots of the Conflict and the Peace Process / R. A. L. H. Gunawardana
12. Buddhist Monks and Peace in Sri Lanka / Chandra R. De Silva
13. The Role of Buddhist Monks in Resolving the Conflict / Asanga Tilakaratne
14. Sarvodaya's Pursuit of Peace / George Bond
15. JHU Politics for Peace and a Righteous State / Mahinda Deegalle

Dr. Mahinda Deegalle
Dr. Mahinda Deegalle (*1961) is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions at Bath Spa University. His research interests are Buddhist Preaching, Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Violence and Peacebuilding. He is the co-editor of Pali Buddhism (Curzon, 1996), and is currently researching on Buddhist monks' involvement in Parliamentary Politics.

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