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Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy


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Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia Collaborations and Collisions

Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia: Collaborations and Collisions

1st Edition

Edited By Ivette M. Vargas-O'Bryan, Zhou Xun
January 22, 2018

Recent academic and medical initiatives have highlighted the benefits of studying culturally embedded healing traditions that incorporate religious and philosophical viewpoints to better understand local and global healing phenomena. Capitalising on this trend, the present volume looks at the ...

Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism

Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism

1st Edition

By James Stewart
January 22, 2018

Buddhism is widely known to advocate a stance of total pacifism towards all sentient beings, and because of this, it is often thought that Buddhist doctrine would stipulate that non-violent food practices, such as vegetarianism, be mandatory. However, the Pāli source materials do not encourage ...

Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions Forms, Practices and Meanings

Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, Practices and Meanings

1st Edition

Edited By Knut A. Jacobsen, Mikael Aktor, Kristina Myrvold
January 12, 2018

Objects of worship are an aspect of the material dimension of lived religion in South Asia. The omnipresence of these objects and their use is a theme which cuts across the religious traditions in the pluralistic religious culture of the region. Divine power becomes manifest in the objects and for ...

Indian Philosophy and Meditation Perspectives on Consciousness

Indian Philosophy and Meditation: Perspectives on Consciousness

1st Edition

By Rahul Banerjee, Amita Chatterjee
November 16, 2017

India has a rich tradition of meditative practices designed to study the phenomenon of consciousness. From the distant past to the present, India has evolved a unique psychological culture with grand unifying themes and universal modes of meditative practice. This book provides a detailed analysis...

Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics Rethinking the Nonhuman

Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman

1st Edition

Edited By Neil Dalal, Chloë Taylor
October 26, 2017

To date, philosophical discussions of animal ethics and Critical Animal Studies have been dominated by Western perspectives and Western thinkers. This book makes a novel contribution to animal ethics in showing the range and richness of ideas offered to these fields by diverse Asian traditions. ...

Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology

Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology

1st Edition

By Simon Shui-Man Kwan
October 13, 2017

Presenting a fundamental re-thinking of Asian theology, this book focuses on theological indigenization in Asia in light of the postcolonial theory of resistance advanced by Homi K. Bhabha, among others. Two types of anti-colonialist resistance within Asian theologies are identified and ...

'Yogini' in South Asia Interdisciplinary Approaches

'Yogini' in South Asia: Interdisciplinary Approaches

1st Edition

Edited By István Keul
October 12, 2017

In different stages in the history of South Asian religions, the term yoginī has been used in various contexts to designate various things: a female adept of yoga, a female tantric practitioner, a sorceress, a woman dedicated to a deity, or a certain category of female deities. This book brings ...

The Buddha and Religious Diversity

The Buddha and Religious Diversity

1st Edition

By J. Abraham Velez de Cea
May 31, 2017

Providing a rigorous analysis of Buddhist ways of understanding religious diversity, this book develops a new foundation for cross-cultural understanding of religious diversity in our time. Examining the complexity and uniqueness of Buddha’s approach to religious pluralism using four main ...

Christianity in Contemporary China Socio-cultural Perspectives

Christianity in Contemporary China: Socio-cultural Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Francis Khek Gee Lim
May 18, 2017

Christianity is one of the fastest growing religions in China. Despite its long history in China and its significant indigenization or intertwinement with Chinese society and culture, Christianity continues to generate suspicion among political elites and intense debates among broader communities ...

Islam and Cultural Change in Papua New Guinea

Islam and Cultural Change in Papua New Guinea

1st Edition

By Scott Flower
August 16, 2016

Scholars of religion and policy makers may be surprised at the changes occurring on the second largest island of the world that straddles one of the most Christianised and least Christianised areas of the world. This book provides an accurate and deeper understanding of the nature of Islam in Papua...

Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will Agentless Agency?

Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency?

1st Edition

Edited By Rick Repetti
August 08, 2016

Throughout the history of Buddhism, little has been said prior to the Twentieth Century that explicitly raises the question whether we have free will, though the Buddha rejected fatalism and some Buddhists have addressed whether karma is fatalistic. Recently, however, Buddhist and Western ...

The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

1st Edition

By Chenyang Li
September 08, 2015

Harmony is a concept essential to Confucianism and to the way of life of past and present people in East Asia. Integrating methods of textual exegesis, historical investigation, comparative analysis, and philosophical argumentation, this book presents a comprehensive treatment of the Confucian ...

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