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Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750 – 1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change by Kitsiri Malalgoda

Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750 – 1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change by Kitsiri Malalgoda

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Kitsiri Malalgoda’s Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750 – 1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change, first published in 1976 and reissued in 2003, remains one of the most scholarly, comprehensive and outstanding efforts at understanding the dynamics, changes and vicissitudes of Buddhism as an institution in Sri Lanka at the height of western colonial expansion in the country.

Beginning his narrative 46 years before the British arrival in Sri Lanka, it proceeds to describe the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial instructions and expansion in the country and the nature of their encounters with local socio-political conditions, which radically transformed and refashioned local conditions, leaving a profound impact on Buddhism as an institution. He provides a vivid account of the emergence of the internal within Sangha and the birth of new fraternities that have now become a part of contemporary Buddhism’s institutional personality.

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