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Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot

Ian Harris


This study of the fate of Buddhism during the communist period in Cambodia puts a human face on a dark period in Cambodia's history. It is the first sustained analysis of the widely held assumption that the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot had a centralized plan to liquidate the entire monastic order. The book offers a view that attempts to move beyond the horrific monastic death toll and fully evaluate the damage to the Buddhist saṅgha under Democratic Kampuchea. Evidence exists to suggest that Khmer Rouge leaders were determined to hunt down senior members of the pre-1975 ecclesiastical hierarchy, ... More

Keywords: institutional Buddhism, communist Cambodia, Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, Democratic Kampuchea, harassment, Buddhist monks, execution, People's Republic of Kampuchea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835613
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Harris, author
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore