Buddhism Deferred

Abeysekera has given us a cogent political anthropological study of postcolonial ideological formations in the guise of an anthropology of religion in Sri Lanka. He explores these formations in chapters on the relation of theories of religion to culture concepts, the identitarian flux of postcolonial monkhood, the conjuncture formed between Buddhism and political parties, emerging religious identities in the confrontation with Sri Lankan modernity, religion, governmentality and rhetoric, the entry of religious norms into the quasi-secular political sphere and the ratio between political terror and religious identity.

The Muslim Psyche

The Muslims after the Indian Mutiny ceased to be the country’s ruling class and became one of the many minority communities. It was not only a change of status in political and social standing but the new rulers of the country also distrusted the community under the mistaken belief of it being the perpetrator of the armed convulsions in 1857 against the growing might of the East India Company.