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This ambitious cross-disciplinary study of Buddhist modernism in colonial Cambodia breaks new ground in understanding the history and development of religion and colonialism in Southeast Asia.
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"It has become increasingly clear that the rational and ethical religion called Buddhism is as much a product of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as it is of the time of the Buddha, more than two millennia ago. What remain to be determined are the specific ways in which this Buddhism was produced within and among the cultures of Asia. In this fascinating study, Anne Hansen examines the case of Cambodia, combining extensive research with insightful analysis to both contextualize and complicate the category of modern Buddhism." --Donald S. Lopez, Jr., University of Michigan
"A remarkable characteristic of this book is the deftness with which the author moves between the intellectual currents of Buddhist Studies and Southeast Asian history, drawing analyses of textual practice, regionalism, nation-building, and colonial experience into fruitful conversation. The study uses, and significantly develops, new work in Buddhist Studies related to vernacular textuality, education, and the emergence of Buddhist print culture. It is particularly timely in the context of comparative colonial studies, where it will be a welcome addition to a movement now underway to depart from rather narrow colonial stimulus-local response analyses of colonialism and Asian modernity." --Anne M. Blackburn, Cornell UniversityAbout the Author:
Anne Ruth Hansen is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a faculty member in the Comparative Study of Religion Program.
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Book Description Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0824830326