The Tibetans

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This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Tibet,its culture and history.
  • A clear and comprehensive overview of Tibet, its culture andhistory.
  • Responds to current interest in Tibet due to continuingpublicity about Chinese rule and growing interest in TibetanBuddhism.
  • Explains recent events within the context of Tibetanhistory.
  • Situates Tibet in relation to other Asian civilizations throughthe ages.
  • Draws on the most recent scholarly and archaeologicalresearch.
  • Introduces Tibetan culture – particularly socialinstitutions, religious and political traditions, the arts andmedical lore.
  • An epilogue considers the fragile position of Tibetancivilization in the modern world.
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About the author

Matthew T. Kapstein is Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and Director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. His recent publications include The Presence of Light (2004), Reason’s Traces (2001), The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism (2000) and Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet (1998).
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Jun 5, 2013
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781118725375
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
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