Buddhism under Pol Pot

Harris, Ian (2007) Buddhism under Pol Pot. Documentation Series No. 13 . Phnom Penh: Documentation Center of Cambodia. Full text not available from this repository.


A Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Cumbria, UK, explores the fate of Buddhism before, during, and shortly after the founding of Democratic Kampuchea. He begins with an examination of Buddhism under Sihanouk and Lon Nol, and then traces the origins of Khmer Communism and its relationship with Buddhism in Cambodia. He follows this with a look at the state of Buddhism early in the regime, including monk evacuations and flights abroad, defrocking, forced marriage, military service, and executions. The practice of Buddhism during the regime is also examined, including Buddhist rites and the fate of pagodas, images, and religious texts. Claims of monk deaths and pagodas destroyed during Democratic Kampuchea are weighed against his findings from extensive interviews and documentary research. He concludes that there was no policy for the systematic liquidation of monks in Democratic Kampuchea.

Item Type: Book
Publisher: Phnom Penh: Documentation Center of Cambodia
ISBN: 9789995060145
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Humanities
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 14:49
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 19:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2775
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