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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2016

Buddhism, Blasphemy, and Violence

Michael Jerryson
Pages 119-127
DOI: 10.5840/jrv20164230

Introduction
Buddhism, Blasphemy, and Violence

This special issue explores the relationship between Buddhism and blasphemy. The articles chart new territory within the study of religion and violence and Buddhist Studies. The first essay outlines the Indian Buddhist doctrinal and ethical foundations for such an inquiry. The second, third, and fourth essays locate their examination within a particular Buddhist tradition: Burmese Buddhism and the prosecution of anti-blasphemy laws, Thai Buddhism and its jailing of people for insulting photographs, and Mongolian Buddhist concerns over purity and sacrilege in early twentieth-century monastic education

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