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MODERN RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF COLONIAL SOUTH ASIA: THE ORIGINS OF REVIVAL AND REFORM

dc.contributor.authorLax, James Allan
dc.contributor.chairGold, Daniel Richard
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFormichi, Chiara
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T20:27:45Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T20:27:45Z
dc.date.issued2017-01-30
dc.description.abstractDuring the British colonial period of South Asia, religious movements such as Buddhist modernism and Hindu nationalism became powerful agents of resistance and change. These developments, shaped by the contrasting influences of Western cultural domination and the pervasiveness of preexisting social formations, proved to be an effective measure in unifying the colonies under a common purpose. By studying the parallel, but individual, progression of these two movements, we see that changing identity formations during the colonial period, were a consequence of a wide array of converging influences. Colonialism, modernity and reverse orientalism all become important factors that affected change. Examining the complexities of religious reform and revival also proves beneficial in determining avenues of resistance. Although colonies such as British India and Ceylon were facing a common subjugation, their responses were solitary and methodologically dissimilar. They used resources distinctly available to them, such as assembly, culture and religion, but in different ways.
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/X4GM859Z
dc.identifier.otherLax_cornell_0058O_10041
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornell:10041
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 9906055
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/47808
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAsian studies
dc.subjectRegional studies
dc.subjectBuddhism
dc.subjectBuddhist Modernism
dc.subjectColonialism
dc.subjectHinduism
dc.subjectHindu Nationalism
dc.subjectSouth Asia
dc.subjectReligious history
dc.titleMODERN RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF COLONIAL SOUTH ASIA: THE ORIGINS OF REVIVAL AND REFORM
dc.typedissertation or thesis
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
thesis.degree.disciplineAsian Studies
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameM.A., Asian Studies

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