‘Theravada civilization(s)’? Periodizing its history Return to State of the Field Debates

By Justin Nadir on September 4th, 2013

by Steven Collins

The University of Chicago

January 2013

This is not so much a ‘state of the field’ paper as a series of reflections on what might have been involved in the spread of ‘Theravāda’ Buddhism across South and Southeast Asia, and a suggested periodization of ‘Theravāda’ history, both of which are intentionally polemical. I doubt that many, if any, of my colleagues in the Theravāda Civilizations Project would agree with everything, or even much, or even anything, of what I say. But this is the kind of thing we have been discussing. I am posting it to the website in the hope of stimulating wider reflection and discussion...

Theravāda civilization(s)