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Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Chiara Formichi


280 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Taking a critical approach to the concept of ‘religious pluralism’, this book examines the dynamics of religious co-existence in Asia as they are directly addressed by governments, or indirectly managed by groups and individuals. It looks at the quality of relations that emerge in encounters among people of different religious traditions or among people who hold different visions within the same tradition. Chapters focus in particular on the places of everyday religious diversity in Asian societies in order to explore how religious groups have confronted new situations of religious diversity. The book goes on to explore the conditions under which active religious pluralism emerges (or not) from material contexts of diversity.


"Formichi has edited an important book of essays focused on the concept of religious pluralism in Asian societies. Summing Up: Recommended" - L. H Mamiya, Vassar College in CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia Chiara Formichi Part 1: Pluralism and the State 2. Urbanization, Civil Society and Religious Pluralism in Indonesia and Turkey Carool Kersten 3. Sacred Sites and Social Conflict: Yasukuni Shrine and Religious Pluralism in Japanese Society Mark R. Mullins 4. Hierarchical plurality: State, Religion, and Pluralism in Southwest China Liang Yongjia 5. Literacy Wars: Children Education and Weekend Madrasahs in Singapore Phyllis Chew Part 2: Conviviality in the City 6. In the Name of God: South Asian Muslims in a Chinese Temple Fair in Hong Kong Wai-chi Chee 7. Sweetness and Light: The Bright Side of Pluralism in a Rajasthan Town Ann Grodzins Gold 8. Overcoming "Hierarchized Conviviality" in the Manila Metropolis: Religious Pluralism and Urbanization in the Philippines Manuel Sapitula 9. Actually Existing Religious Pluralism in Kuala Lumpur Yeoh Seng Guan Part 3: Pluralism and Individual Identities 10. Cosmopolitan Islam and inclusive Chinese-ness: Chinese-style Mosques in Indonesia Wai-weng Hew 11. Ramadan in the Newsroom: Malaysiakini, Tempo, and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia Janet Steele 12. Pluralist currents and counter-currents in the Indonesian Mass-Media: the case of Anand Krishna Julia Day Howell 13. A Sufi, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, TV Guru: Anandmurti Gurumaa Angela Rudert

About the Editor

Chiara Formichi is Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in History of Southeast Asia from SOAS (University of London). Her publications include Islam and the making of the nation: Kartosuwiryo and political Islam in 20th century Indonesia (2012) and the edited volume Shi‘ism and Beyond: Alid piety in Muslim Southeast Asia.

About the Series

Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

Much work on contemporary religion in Asia considers the subject from the perspective of the great religions, often focusing on the development of official beliefs, and the development of formal institutions.  The books in this series, on the other hand, examine the actual practice of religion in everyday life in modern Asian societies.  They reveal a very rich picture of varying religious practices, many of them new and non-traditional.  The religions of Asia are undergoing much radical change not only communal religious revivalism, but also an explosion of urban piety, popular preaching, charismatic churches, and on-line religion.  The books cover a wide range of subjects in the countries of East, Southeast, South and Central Asia.  The series welcomes innovative approaches to theory and methods in the study of religion and religions, and work which considers religion in relation to culture, politics, ethnicity or gender. 

Bryan S. Turner has had a long and distinguished career as a leading scholar of religion, having worked previously in various universities in Singapore, The Netherlands, Germany and the United States. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center CUNY USA, and is currently Professor of Sociology at the Australian Catholic University, Honorary Professor at Potsdam University Germany, and Honorary Fellow at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham, UK.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies