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IslandedBritain, Sri Lanka, and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony$
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Sujit Sivasundaram

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038223

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226038360.001.0001

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Sujit Sivasundaram

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reconsiders the intellectual history of the colonial transition from an island space that saw texts and other forms of religious culture arrive, depart, and sustain themselves across the sea. It explains how British colonial policy in Ceylon shifted in line with changing notions of Buddhism, consistent with the global expansion of the British empire. The first part of the chapter focuses on intellectual networks and the passage of skills, artifacts, and texts between eighteenth-century Buddhism and the British, and between Ceylon and London. The second part shows how these scholarly traditions were molded by colonialism in a global age of empire.

Keywords:   intellectual history, Sri Lanka, British rule, colonialism, religious culture, colonial policy, Ceylon, Buddhism

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