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Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

About the 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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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 ...

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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