The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion, Band 82 1. Aufl.
Comprising the most up-to-date, interdisciplinary research on the study of Chinese religious beliefs and cultural practices, this volume explores the rich and complex religious and philosophical traditions that have developed and flourished in one of the world's oldest civilizations. Covers the main Chinese traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism as well as Christianity and Islam Features a unique organizational structure, with groups of readings focused on historical, traditions-based, and topical elements of Chinese religion Explores a number of contemporary religious topics, including gender, nature, asceticism, material culture, and gods and spirits Brings together a team of authors who are experts in their sub-fields, providing readers with the latest research in a rapidly growing discipline
Notes on Contributors ix 1 Introduction 1 Randall Nadeau Part I Historical Survey 25 2 Chinese Religion in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties 27 Randall Nadeau 3 Chinese Religion from the Han to the Six Dynasties 51 Gil Raz 4 Chinese Religion in the Sui and Tang Dynasties 75 Paul Copp 5 Chinese Religion in the Song and Alien Dynasties 99 Shin-yi Chao 6 Chinese Religion in the Ming and Qing Dynasties 125 Mark Meulenbeld Part II The Traditions 145 7 The Confucian Tradition in China 147 Keith Knapp 8 The Daoist Tradition in China 171 Louis Komjathy 9 Chinese Buddhism 197 Mario Poceski 10 Chinese Popular Religion 219 Philip Clart 11 Chinese Islam 237 James D. Frankel 12 Chinese Christianity 261 Ryan Dunch Part III Critical Terms for the Study of Chinese Religions 283 13 Sacred Text 285 Thomas Jansen 14 Religious Ritual 309 Joshua Capitanio 15 Material Culture 335 Julius N. Tsai 16 Nature 349 James Miller 17 Divinity 369 Randall Nadeau 18 Gender 397 Beata Grant 19 Divination 419 Jue Guo 20 Asceticism 441 Stephen Eskildsen 21 Self-Inflicted Violence 461 Jimmy Yu Index and Glossary of Chinese Characters 481
“On the whole, it indeed provides a thorough, informative account of religious thought and practice throughout Chinese dynastic history.” (Religious Studies Review, 7 December 2015) “While different conceptualizations of the “critical terms” are certainly possible, this is a substantive volume that should benefit many readers.” (Religious Studies Review, 7 March 2013) “Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
Randall L. Nadeau is Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of East Asian Religions at Trinity University, Texas. He has published widely on such topics as popular religious literature, deity cults, and folk religion in both China and Japan, as well as methodology in the study of religion, especially Buddhism and popular religious movements.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions comprises the most up-to-date, interdisciplinary research on the study of Chinese religious beliefs and cultural practices. Featuring newly-commissioned work from a team of acclaimed experts in Chinese history, society, and religion, the companion offers readers the latest research in this rapidly growing discipline. The volume provides a historical overview of Chinese forms of worship, with individual chapters focusing on Shang-Zhou religion, religion in the Han and Medieval periods, Sui-Tang religion, Song religion, and religion in late imperial China. It also addresses the main Chinese religious traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as readings on Christianity and Islam. In addition, a range of contemporary religious topics are discussed, including gods and spirits, ritual, text, nature, gender, asceticism, violence, divination, material culture, and lineage. Combining scholarly rigor with stylistic clarity, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions brings into sharp focus the rich and complex interactions of religious and philosophical traditions that developed and flourished in one of the world's oldest civilizations.
“This book is what teachers and students of Chinese religions have been waiting for. Divided into three parts: historical survey, the traditions and critical terms for the study of Chinese religions, it represents a most comprehensive and at the same time cutting edge scholarship on this subject. Whether one uses it as the primary textbook or together with an anthology of primary sources, this volume will prove to be an indispensable companion”. —Chün-fang Yü, Columbia University “The finest ‘companions’ to a particular field of scholarship come along at those transitional moments in academic history when younger scholars are taking over from previous generations and in so doing they both take the best from the past and move forward in creative new ways. I am happy to report that Randall Nadeau’s edited volume on Chinese religions is very much an exceptional example of this principle. This is a work – and indeed a very knowledgeable, methodologically pioneering, and even friendly companion – that provides crucial guidance for understanding China’s religious past and present.” — Norman Girardot, Lehigh University
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