[Buddha-l] Was Buddhists Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Wed Sep 26 02:27:05 MDT 2012

On the reasons why tribal societies of East Bengal opted for Islam
(but not for Buddhism or Hinduism) --- see Richard Eaton's

The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 (Comparative
Studies on Muslim Societies), UCP 1998

>From Amazon.co.uk:

<<In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most
receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's
second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large
Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious
conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence,
monuments, narrative histories, poetry, and Mughal administrative
documents to trace the long historical encounter between Islamic and
Indic civilizations. Moving from the year 1204, when Persianized Turks
from North India annexed the former Hindu states of the lower Ganges
delta, to 1760, when the British East India Company rose to political
dominance there, Eaton explores these moving frontiers, focusing
especially on agrarian growth and religious change.>>


Artur Karp

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