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An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism

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9780199948215_450An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism
Lars Fogelin
OUP USA Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology
264 pages | 30 line and 30 halftones | 235x156mm
978-0-19-994821-5 | Hardback | 25 June 2015

An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism is a comprehensive survey of Indian Buddhism from its origins in the 6th century BCE, through its ascendance in the 1st millennium CE, and its eventual decline in mainland South Asia by the mid-2nd millennium CE. Weaving together studies of archaeological remains, architecture, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist historical sources, this book uncovers the quotidian concerns and practices of Buddhist monks and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents—concerns and practices often obscured in studies of Buddhism premised largely, if not exclusively, on Buddhist texts. At the heart of Indian Buddhism lies a persistent social contradiction between the desire for individual asceticism versus the need to maintain a coherent community of Buddhists. Before the…

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