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Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Steven Kemper


This book locates Anagarika Dharmapala in the context of a historical moment where nationalisms pulled people in one direction and universalisms in another. Most accounts of his life emphasize the nationalist side, where he is portrayed as the man who revived Buddhism in the island, saved the Sinhala people from deracination, and invented a Buddhist modernity. The great majority of his adult life spent abroad and his feelings about home and exile are overlooked. The entrée to those self-understandings is the diaries and notebooks he maintained while traveling around the world several times and ... More

Keywords: Anagarika Dharmapala, universalism, nationalism, theosophy, Protestant Buddhism, modernity, laicization, world renunciation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226199078
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Kemper, author
Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology, Bates College