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How did ecu imperialism form the information and practices of faith in East and Southeast Asia? Casting Faiths brings jointly 11 students to teach how Western legislation, governance, schooling and venture formed the elemental figuring out of what faith is, and what position it may play in society.

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De Moor, eds, European Expansion and Law: The Encounter of European and Indigenous Law in 19thand 20th-Century Africa and Asia (Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1992), 237–256. 39. Dagmar Engels, “Wives Widows and Workers: Women and the Law in Colonial India” in Mommsen and de Moor, eds, European Expansion and Law: The Encounter of European and Indigenous Law in 19th- and 20th-Century Africa and Asia (Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1992), 159–178. 40. Jothie Rajah, “Negotiating Legal Identities: Hindu Law in Singapore” unpublished paper, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

While some scholars argue that these terms appeared in the leading Therav¯ adin countries like Sri Lanka only during the colonial period, others are inclined to see precolonial analogs for them. According to the first school of thought, the indigenous Sinhalese terms now used to represent “religion” and “Buddhism” originally had very precise and particularistic meanings. ) denoting “Buddhist thought” and probably “the Buddhist community,” s¯ asana (“instruction, admonition of the Buddha”), and ¯ agama (“that which has come down to the present,” “authoritative text”).

29 More precisely, thathanadaw-ti-ya was more often identified not with the realm itself (ne, taingpyi ) but with its sacred centre, the royal city (pyi ), further highlighting the connection between the teaching and royal/monastic establishment. By at least the seventeenth century, an elaborate theory had developed outlining the succession of royal cities which would preserve thathana for all the 5000 years of its existence. 31 Yet, another division within the segmented and hierarchical arrangement of the monkhood was based on ethnicity.

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