Dr David L. Gosling, Life Member and the first Spalding Fellow of Clare Hall, is the author of a new book titled Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism (Routledge, 2020).
The book considers the role of Thai Buddhist religious people in development within Thailand. It discusses how Thai Buddhism has evolved philosophically and in its organisation to allow this, examines various examples of Buddhist people's engagement in development projects, and assesses how the situation is likely to unfold going forward. In addition, the book considers the relationship between science and religion in Thai Buddhism and also some aspects of the parallel situation in Sri Lanka.
Dr Gosling shares:
”The book is based on many years of research, primarily in Thailand, supported by awards which have included the Spalding Fellowship. It is very gratifying to receive such positive commendations following publication.”
Julius Lipner, Professor Emeritus in Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy, said: ‘David Gosling has already established a leading reputation as a scholar of the way South East Asian, especially Thai, Buddhist beliefs and values interact with everyday life in both rural and urban contexts. This book consolidates and enhances that reputation. His remarkable expertise, which uses both quantitative and qualitative criteria, takes in approaches from social anthropology, sociology, feminism, the history of ideas and religious studies to present a picture of Buddhism in transition over the last fifty years or so. Gosling's work adds great significance to our understanding of Buddhism in the regions he studies.’
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