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The Buddha and Dr Fuhrer

The Buddha and Dr Fuhrer

An Archaeological Scandal
September 2011
Trade Paperback · 220 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $17.50 CAN
ISBN 9781906598907
Haus Publishing


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"[Allen] pieces the story together like shards of a broken vase."—Sara Wheeler, The Sunday Telegraph

In this fascinating book, Charles Allen unravels the saga of an archeological discovery and a twisted tale of truth and lies that has divided Buddhist scholars for a century. Reconstructing the forested Tarai landscape of the fifth century BC in which the Buddha was raised, Allen employs a strong narrative to reveal the truth behind the alleged discovery of the Buddha's ashes in 1898 and the subsequent controversies that surrounded uncertain and compromised excavation and the numerous parties involved.

About the Author

Charles Allen (born 1940) is a British writer and historian. He was born in India, where several generations of his family served under the British Raj. His work focuses on India and South Asia in general. In the book Kipling Sahib, Allen paints a more sympathetic picture of Rudyard Kipling than other authors. His best-known works include Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century, Soldier Sahibs: the Men who Made the North-West Frontier and God's Terrorists: the Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad