An uneven landscape: a review of Cabezon’s Sexuality in Ancient India

Alice Collett*

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José Ignacio Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism is a book that caught people’s attention as soon as it was released. The book is, essentially, a work that concentrates on an analysis and assessment of views on sex, sexuality, and sexual deviance within South Asian Buddhist traditions. It is also marketed as a book on gender. While sections on gender do form part of the book (by necessity), this is less of a focus than the marketing suggests. I title my review “An Uneven Landscape” because while the core of the book, on sexuality, is a milestone in scholarship on this underresearched topic, Cabezón’s analysis of women and gender leaves much to be desired. I focus in this review article on the problems with the volume, while not seeking to devalue the core of the book. Nonetheless, the issues are, to my mind, considerable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-534
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


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