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Buddhism in india : challenging Brahmanism and caste

Author: Gail Omvedt
Publisher: New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book constitutes a unique exploration of 2,500 years of the development of Buddhism, Brahmanism and caste in India, taking Dr. Ambedkar's interpretation of Buddhism as its starting point. Gail Omvedt has researched both the original sources of the Buddhist canon and recent literature to provide an absorbing account of the historical, social, political and philosophical aspects of Buddhism. In the process, she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gail Omvedt
ISBN: 0761996648 9780761996644 0761996656 9780761996651 8178291282 9788178291284 8178291290 9788178291291
OCLC Number: 51892666
Description: xiii, 314 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Reconstructing the World --
The Background to Buddhism --
The Dhamma: The Basic Teachings of Buddhism --
Transitoriness and Transformations --
Buddhist Civilisation --
The Defeat of Buddhism in India --
After Buddhism: The Bhakti Movements --
Colonial Challenges, Indian Responses and Buddhist Revival --
Navayana Buddhism and the Modern Age.
Responsibility: Gail Omvedt.
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Presents an historical survey of Buddhism in India and shows how over a period of 2500 years, Buddhism has been engaged in a struggle against caste-hierarchy. The book focuses on the question of what  Read more...

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