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Religion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka

Religion Space ConflictReligion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.

Elizabeth J. Harris

This study uses the lens of space to examine inter-religious and inter-communal conflict in colonial and postcolonial Sri Lanka, demonstrating that colonial patterns of interaction can throw light on the post-colonial, particularly on post-war developments in the north and east of the country, when Buddhist symbolism was developed in the largely non-Buddhist former war zones. Within the 'colonial' part of the book, particular emphasis is given to the impact of the building of Christian schools and churches in predominantly Buddhist space, and British development of the Buddhist ancient city of Anuradhapura. 

Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection

Buddhism for a Violent WorldBuddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection.

Elizabeth J. Harris

Fusing autobiography, conversations with Buddhists and academic research into Buddhism, this book explores what Buddhist thought and practice can offer a fractured world. Elizabeth studied Buddhism for nearly eight years in Sri Lanka during the country's ethnic war and uses this experience to reflect on Buddhism's message in contexts of violence and suffering. In the last chapter, she reflects on Buddhist-Christian mistrust in Sri Lanka and some of the pioneering initiatives by Sri Lankan Christians to change mistrust into trust.

Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter

TheravadaTheravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: Religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka.

Elizabeth J. Harris

This major new work explores the British encounter with Buddhism in nineteenth century Sri Lanka, examining the way Buddhism was represented and constructed in the eyes of the British scholars, officials, travellers and religious seekers who first encountered it.

What Buddhists Believe

What Buddhists BelieveWhat Buddhists Believe.

Elizabeth J. Harris

Based on interviews undertaken for a BBC World Service radio series (The Way of the Buddha) that Elizabeth wrote and presented, this book seeks to give an innovative introduction to Buddhism through the words of Buddhists. It covers six themes from 'The Buddha' to contemporary issues such as 'Buddhism and Social Engagement' and 'Women in Buddhism'.