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    Thinking beyond the island: Buddhism, Ireland and method in the study of religions

    Cox, Laurence and Bocking, Brian (2020) Thinking beyond the island: Buddhism, Ireland and method in the study of religions. In: The Study of Religions in Ireland: Past, Present and Future. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 144-157. ISBN 9781350291744

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    An “Irish Buddhist” was often presented in old newspapers as an oxymoron, but our research (with Alicia Turner, Yoshinaga Shin’ichi and others) on the unexpectedly long history of Buddhism and Ireland has unearthed some fascinating dimensions in the broader study of religions and Ireland. Stepping beyond traditional discourses, we have found Irish Buddhists involved in Asian religious change, migrants bringing new religions to Ireland and people in Ireland rejecting the Catholic/Protestant binary. We have also found the first (1889) Buddhist mission to Europe (London) and a forgotten early 1900s Irish Buddhist challenge to colonial missionary Christianity in South & Southeast Asia. Our research has driven us to explore new methods – in particular using digital humanities to reconstruct forgotten figures and fostering developing scholarly networks to study translocal lives. This chapter situates our own discoveries among expanding new research initiatives on Ireland and religions, and highlights the significance of these research projects for the academic study of religions throughout the island of Ireland and beyond.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Thinking; Buddhism; Ireland; method; study of religions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 16831
    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 14:13
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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