Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

By Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka deals a brand new point of view on modern debates approximately Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. during this e-book de Silva Wijeyeratne argues forcefully that ‘Sinhalese Buddhism’ within the interval sooner than its engagement with the British colonial nation signified a comparatively unbounded (although from time to time boundary forming) set of practices that facilitated either the inclusion and exclusion of non-‘Buddhist’ options and folks inside a specific cosmological body. Juxtaposing the premodern opposed to the backdrop of colonial modernity, de Silva Wijeyeratne tells us that during distinction smooth 'Sinhalese Buddhism/nationalism' is a way more reified and bounded notion, one imagined via a 19th century epistemology whose function used to be now not a lot inclusion, yet a way more radical exclusion of non-‘Buddhist’ principles and other people.


In this insightful research glossy Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism, then, emerges during the conjunction of discourse, energy and information at a unique second within the trajectory of the colonial nation. An intrinsic function of this modernist second is that premodern different types (such because the cosmic order) have been topic to a bureaucratic re-valuation that generated profound outcomes for State-society kinfolk and the broader constitutional/legal imaginary. This e-book is going onto discover how key constitutional and nation-building moments have been framed in the cultural milieu of recent Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism – a nationalism that unearths the ability of a re-valued Buddhist cosmic order to nonetheless tell the present.


Given the intensification of the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist venture following the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in 2009, this ebook is of curiosity to students of nationalism, South Asian reviews, the anthropology of formality, and comparative felony historical past.

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