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Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series


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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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Christianity and Social Engagement in China

Christianity and Social Engagement in China

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Francis K.G. Lim, Bee Bee Sng
December 23, 2020

How does Christianity continue to experience growth in an increasingly authoritarian political system that enforces strict regulations on religion? How are ordinary Christians affected by social and political changes in the country, and how do they make their influence felt in wider society? Taking...

Ethnicity and Religion in Southwest China

Ethnicity and Religion in Southwest China

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By He Ming, David C. Lewis
December 23, 2020

As China strengthens its links with its neighbours through its Belt and Road initiative, there is growing interest in the indigenous peoples of China’s western and southwestern borderlands. This book, based on extensive original research, considers the indigenous peoples of Yunnan province, which ...

Sufi Political Thought

Sufi Political Thought

1st Edition

By Milad Milani
December 12, 2019

Sufism is generally perceived as being spiritually focused and about the development of the self. However, Sufi orders have been involved historically as important civic and political actors in the Muslim world, having participated extensively in inter-faith dialogue and political challenges to ...

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

Religion and Religious Practices in Rural China

1st Edition

By Mu Peng
November 21, 2019

This book explores how, unlike in the West, the daily religious life of most Chinese people spreads without institutional propagation. Based upon more than a decade of field research in rural China, the book demonstrates the decisive role of rites of passage and yearly festival rituals held in ...

Modernist Reformers in Islam, Hinduism and Confucianism, 1865-1935 Peripheral Geoculture in the Modern World-System

Modernist Reformers in Islam, Hinduism and Confucianism, 1865-1935: Peripheral Geoculture in the Modern World-System

1st Edition

By Christian Lekon
April 17, 2019

This volume presents a comparison of seven major religious reformers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: For Islam, Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, Muhammad ‘Abduh and Muhammad Rashid Rida; for Hinduism, Dayananda Sarasvati and Swami Shraddhananda; for Confucianism, K’ang Yu-wei and ...

Religious and Ethnic Revival in a Chinese Minority The Bai People of Southwest China

Religious and Ethnic Revival in a Chinese Minority: The Bai People of Southwest China

1st Edition

By Liang Yongjia
June 08, 2018

This book is based on anthropological fieldwork among the Bai, an ethnic minority with a population of two million in Dali, southwest China. It explores the religious and ethnic revival in the last two decades against a historical background. It explains why and how religions and ethnic identity ...

Digital Culture and Religion in Asia

Digital Culture and Religion in Asia

1st Edition

By Sam Han, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
January 12, 2018

This book critically analyses the functions and interconnectedness between religion and digital media in a range of East Asian countries. It discusses both how religious organizations make use of new technologies, and also explores how new technologies are reshaping religion in novel and ...

Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia

Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Chiara Formichi
October 13, 2017

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 ...

Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines Young People Reinterpreting Religion

Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion

1st Edition

By Jayeel Serrano Cornelio
October 12, 2017

This book, based on extensive original research, examines the nature of Catholicism in the contemporary Philippines. It shows how Catholicism is apparently flourishing, with good attendance at Sunday Masses, impressive religious processions and flourishing charismatic groups, and with interventions...

Thailand's International Meditation Centers Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices

Thailand's International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices

1st Edition

By Brooke Schedneck
May 10, 2017

This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through ...

Catholics and Everyday Life in Macau Changing Meanings of Religiosity, Morality and Civility

Catholics and Everyday Life in Macau: Changing Meanings of Religiosity, Morality and Civility

1st Edition

By Chen Hon-Fai
March 16, 2017

Catholicism has had an important place in Macau since the earliest days of Portuguese colonization in the sixteenth century. This book, based on extensive original research including in-depth interviews, examines in detail the everyday life of Catholics in Macau at present. It outlines the ...

State Management of Religion in Indonesia

State Management of Religion in Indonesia

1st Edition

By Myengkyo Seo
September 29, 2015

Although Indonesia is generally considered to be a Muslim state, and is indeed the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, it has a sizeable Christian minority as a legacy of Dutch colonialism, with Christians often occupying relatively high social positions. This book examines the management...

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