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Saving Buddhism explores the dissonance between the goals of the colonial state and the Buddhist worldview that animated Burmese Buddhism at the turn of the twentieth century. For many Burmese, the salient and ordering discourse was not nation or modernity but sāsana, the life of the Buddha’s teachings. Burmese Buddhists interpreted the political and social changes between 1890 and 1920 as signs that the Buddha’s sāsana was deteriorating. This fear of decline drove waves of activity and organizing to prevent the loss of the Buddha’s teachings. Burmese set out to save Buddhism, but achieved much more: they took advantage of the indeterminacy of the moment to challenge the colonial frameworks that were beginning to shape their world. Beginning from an understanding that defining and redefining the boundaries of religion operated as a key technique of colonial power—shaping subjects through European categories and authorizing projects of colonial governmentality—Alicia Turner explores how Burmese Buddhists became actively engaged in defining and inflecting religion to shape their colonial situation and forward their own local projects.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Sāsana Decline and Traditions of Reform
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 3. Buddhist Education
  2. pp. 45-74
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  1. 4. Morals, Conduct, and Community
  2. pp. 75-109
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  1. 5. The Shoe and the Shikho
  2. pp. 110-135
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  1. 6. Conclusion
  2. pp. 136-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-227
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824847913
Related ISBN(s)
9780824839376
MARC Record
OCLC
929790825
Pages
269
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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