History, Society & Cults
Strategic studies in Buddhismunless otherwise stated titles here are by Piya Tan
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This is not a conventional history of Buddhism, for which you are recommended to read the following:
Hirakawa, Akira. A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana. Tr. from the Japanese by Paul Groner, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
Piya Tan's "History of Buddhism" is a study in Buddhist strategic history, that is, what we can learn from the successes and failures of our past, especially in connection with how Buddhism grew, spread, establishes itself, and declines in various regions, and how it is rejuvenating today. Its approach is a mild blend of social and psychological analyses with a missiological inspiration.
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BUDDHISM IN OTHER COUNTRIES
The Buddha in Islamic history. Depictions of Buddha Sakyamuni in the Jami' al-Tavarikh and the Majma' al-Tavarikh (Sheila R Canby, Muqarnas 10, 1993:299-310).
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