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Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia

Edited by: Bryan S. Turner , Oscar Salemink

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635035
eBook ISBN: 9781315758534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636465

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The Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia provides a contemporary and comprehensive overview of religion in contemporary Asia. Compiled and introduced by Bryan S. Turner and Oscar Salemink, the Handbook contains specially written chapters by experts in their respective fields.

The wide-ranging introduction discusses issues surrounding Orientalism and the historical development of the discipline of Religious Studies. It conveys how there have been many centuries of interaction between different religious traditions in Asia and discusses the problem of world religions and the range of concepts, such as high and low traditions, folk and formal religions, popular and orthodox developments.

Individual chapters are presented in the following five sections:


  • Asian Origins: religious formations
  • Missions, States and Religious Competition
  • Reform Movements and Modernity
  • Popular Religions
  • Religion and Globalization: social dimensions

Striking a balance between offering basic information about religious cultures in Asia and addressing the complexity of employing a western terminology in societies with radically different traditions, this advanced level reference work will be essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of Asian Religions, Sociology, Anthropology, Asian Studies and Religious Studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The invention of religions in East Asia  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Revealing the Vedas in ‘Hinduism’ Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Dual belief in Heaven and spirits Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Sikhism and its changing social structure Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Catholicism in India Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The localization of Roman Catholicism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The spread of Islam in Asia through trade and Sufism (ninth–nineteenth centuries) Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Shinto's modern transformations Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Islamic reform in Asia Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Engaged Buddhism in 1920s Japan Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Conversion in post-Mao China Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Shamanism in Eurasia Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Chinese folk festivals Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Popular Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Spirit worship and possession in Vietnam and beyond Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Popular Qigong and transnational Falun Gong inside and outside post-Mao China Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Shrines, religious healing, and pilgrimage in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Revitalised Sufism and the new piety movements in Islamic Southeast Asia Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Reading gender and religion in East Asia Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Confucian values and East Asian capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Religion and Asia’s middle classes Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Hinduism and globalization Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Internet and religion in Asia Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Globalising the Asian Muslim Umma Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Asian Pentecostalism Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Religion, religions and modernization Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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