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ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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This study revisits one of the most extensive examples of the spread of ideas in the history of civilization: the diffusion of Indian religious and political ideas to Southeast Asia before the advent of Islam and European colonialism. Hindu and Buddhist concepts and symbols of kingship and statecraft helped to legitimize Southeast Asian rulers, and transform the political institutions and authority of Southeast Asia. But the process of this diffusion was not accompanied by imperialism, political hegemony, or colonization as conventionally understood. This book investigates different explanations of the spread of Indian ideas offered by scholars, including why and how it occurred and what were its key political and institutional outcomes. It challenges the view that strategic competition is a recurring phenomenon when civilizations encounter each other.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-7
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. viii-19
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. xi-23
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 2. Debating Indian Influence in Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 5-18
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  1. 3. "Indianization", "Localization" or "Convergence"?
  2. pp. 19-42
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  1. 4. Understanding How and Why Ideas Spread
  2. pp. 43-59
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  1. 5. "Hellenization" of the Mediterranean Compared to "Indianization" of Southeast Asia: Two Paradigms of Cultural Diffusion?
  2. pp. 60-70
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  1. 6. Final Thoughts
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Photo Section [Image Plates]
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. Titles in the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Research Series
  2. pp. 128-128
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