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Women and monastic Buddhism in early South Asia. Rediscovering the invisible believers

Author: Garima Kaushik
Publisher: Basingstoke : Taylor & Francis Ltd 2016.
Series: Archaeology and religion in South Asia.
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This book uses gender as a framework to offer unique insights into the socio-cultural foundations of Buddhism. Moving away from dominant discourses that discuss women as a single monolithic, homogenous category-thus rendering them invisible within the broader religious discourse-this monograph examines their sustained role in the larger context of South Asian Buddhism and reaffirms their agency. It highlights the  Read more...
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Kaushik, Garima.
Women and monastic Buddhism in early South Asia. Rediscovering the invisible believers
(OCoLC)935690972
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Garima Kaushik
ISBN: 9781317329381 1317329384
OCLC Number: 939520126
Description: 1 online resource (272 pages)
Contents: List of Map and Figures. List of Plates. Acknowledgements. Preface. List of diacritical marks. Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. Sacred Spaces and the Feminine in Buddhism 2. Locating the Bhiksuni: Identifying Nunneries 3. Exploring Women's Space: Conflict between The Social and the Asocial Worlds 4. Women as Patrons Conclusion. Bibliography. Index
Series Title: Archaeology and religion in South Asia.
Responsibility: garima Kaushik.
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This book uses gender as a framework to offer unique insights into the socio-cultural foundations of Buddhism. Moving away from dominant discourses that discuss women as a single monolithic, homogenous category-thus rendering them invisible within the broader religious discourse-this monograph examines their sustained role in the larger context of South Asian Buddhism and reaffirms their agency. It highlights the multiple roles played by women as patrons, practitioners, lay and monastic members, etc. within Buddhism. The volume also investigates the individual experiences of the members, and their equations and relationships at different levels-with the 'Samgha' at large, with their own respective 'Bhiksu' or 'Bhiksuni Sangha', with the laity, and with members of the same gender (both lay and monastic). It rereads, reconfigures and reassesses historical data in order to arrive at a new understanding of Buddhism and the social matrix within which it developed and flourished.

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