Forging Buddhist Credentials as a Tool of Legitimacy and Ethnic Identity : A Study of Arakan's Subjection in Nineteenth-Century Burma

  title={Forging Buddhist Credentials as a Tool of Legitimacy and Ethnic Identity : A Study of Arakan's Subjection in Nineteenth-Century Burma},
  author={Jacques P. Leider},
  journal={Journal of The Economic and Social History of The Orient},
  • J. Leider
  • Published 2008
  • History
  • Journal of The Economic and Social History of The Orient
The kingdom of Arakan was conquered by the Burmese in 1785 and annexed by the British after the first Anglo-Burmese War (1824-6). Resistance to the occupation was followed by campaigns of pacification that entailed social disruption. Starting with an analysis of the religious motives for King Bodawphaya's quest to conquer Arakan, this article focuses on the use of local religious traditions to bolster ethnic self-identification and resist the process of integration. Based on little explored… 
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