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Buddhist Extremists and Muslim Minorities: Religious Conflict in Contemporary Sri Lanka

John Clifford Holt


This book examines the historical contexts and substantive reasons giving rise to Buddhist nationalism and aggressive attacks on Muslim communities in Sri Lanka. While the rise of Buddhist nationalism in general is analyzed and explained, the specific role, methods, and character of the militant Bodu Bala Sena (BBS: “Army of Buddhist Power”) Movement are scrutinized in particular. Whereas the motivations for attacking Muslims may be deep seated economically, elements of religious culture (ritual and symbol) are often seen as catalysts or venues for explosive acts of violence. Chapters address ... More

Keywords: Buddhist nationalism, Muslim communities, Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena Movement, BBS, Army of Buddhist Power, ritual, symbol, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190624378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Clifford Holt, editor
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies, Bowdoin College