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

This book offers a new perspective on contemporary debates about nationalism in South Asia in general and Sri Lanka in particular. The price of that nationalism in Sri Lanka is the current agonizing split between Sinhalese and Tamil. The central focus here is the 'capture' of Buddhism by militant Sinhalese nationalism in the colonial and postcolonial periods and the framing of subsequent key constitutional legal moments. This is the first study that combines the dynamics of constitutionalism with the orbit of historical, political and anthropological scholarship on the cosmology of Sinhalese Buddhism and its relation to Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism. It explores four cases of legal-constitutional moments and offers a unique contribution to the politics and history of devolution in Sri Lanka. A timely and scholarly intervention given the intensification of Sri Lanka's civil war since the election in 2005 of President Mahinda Rajapakse on an overtly ultra nationalist Sinhalese Buddhist platform, this book will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnicity and political science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415462662
ISBN-10: 0415462665
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne is Lecturer in Law at Griffith Law School, Australia. He specializes in international law and jurisprudence and has extensive university teaching experience in England and Australia.