Religion and ideology in Sri Lanka


Authored by: Peter Friedlander

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Politics and Ideology

Print publication date:  August  2021
Online publication date:  August  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367417826
eBook ISBN: 9780367816230
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This chapter investigates how diverse religious ideologies and political visions of the relationship between the state and religion have developed in Sri Lanka. The main focus is on the interaction between Buddhist conceptions of the state and Sri Lankan politics, but in order to understand the development of Buddhist ideologies in Sri Lanka, it is also essential to consider the ways in which Hindu and Muslim minorities in Sri Lanka have conceptualised the possible relationship between the state and religion in Sri Lanka.

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