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Event Oliver Freiberger: "Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism's Boundaries in Ancient India"

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
LEVINTHAL HALL, STANFORD HUMANITIES CENTER

Abstract:
This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”
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