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1st Edition

Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia

Edited By

Chiara Formichi

ISBN 9780415838849
Published September 26, 2013 by Routledge
280 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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