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Contemporary Religious Studies in China

Contemporary Religious Studies in China

Author: Xinping Zhuo Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

When looking back at history, we realize the huge accomplishment of contemporary China, and the remarkable spirit of the Chinese people. Just as in other areas, the achievements of contemporary Chinese academic development are fully manifested in the research and results of contemporary Chinese religious studies. There is special academic value and practical significance for the development and the future of Chinese religious studies to reexamine this period of history and explore how contemporary Chinese scholars think about it. During the academic development of contemporary China, religious studies has become one of the most developed and popular as well as one of the most controversial subjects. This is because religious studies have been situated in a complex background, and it is difficult to have a well-situated position with broad spectrums and sensitive questions. Hence, religious studies is one of the subjects that is growing. The understanding of its connotation and extension is still on the way. The full development of religious studies as a discipline will represent the real leap of Chinese religious studies.

An Epistemology of Religion and Gender Biopolitics, Performativity and Agency

An Epistemology of Religion and Gender Biopolitics, Performativity and Agency

Author: Ulrike E. (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany) Auga Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2020

This book puts forward a new epistemological framework for a theory of religion and gender's role in the public sphere. It provides a sophisticated understanding of gender and its relation to religion as a primarily performative category of knowledge production, rooting that understanding in case studies from around the world. Gender and religion are examined alongside biopolitics and the influence of capitalism, neoliberalism and empire. The book analyses the interdependence of religion, gender and new nationalisms in the Palestinian territories, South Africa and the USA, scrutinising the biopolitical interferences of nation states and dominant political and religious institutions. It then moves on to uncover counter-discourses and spaces of activism and agency in contexts such as East Germany and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Using gender, queer and trans theory in tandem with postcolonial and post-secular perspectives, readers are shown a more nuanced understanding of critical contemporary questions related to religion, gender and sexuality. This is a bold new take on religion, gender and public life. As such, it will be of keen interest to scholars of Religious Studies and Gender Studies, as well as those working on religion's interaction with Politics, Sociology and Social Activism.

Islam and Chinese Society Genealogies, Lineage and Local Communities

Islam and Chinese Society Genealogies, Lineage and Local Communities

Author: Jianxiong Ma Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2020

This book explores the long history in China of Chinese Muslims, known as the Hui people, and regarded as a minority, though in fact they are distinguished by religion rather than ethnicity. It shows how over time Chinese Muslims adopted Chinese practices as these evolved in wider Chinese society, practices such as constructing and recording patrilinear lineages, spreading genealogies, and propagating education and Confucian teaching, in the case of the Hui through the use of Chinese texts in the teaching of Islam at mosques. The book also examines much else, including the system of certification of mosques, the development of Sufi orders, the cultural adaptation of Islam at the local level, and relations between Islam and Confucianism, between the state and local communities, and between the educated Muslim elite and the Confucian literati. Overall, the book shows how extensively Chinese Muslims have been deeply integrated within a multi-cultural Chinese society.

Bwiti An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa

Bwiti An Ethnography of the Religious Imagination in Africa

Author: J. W. Fernandez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2020

We cannot, the author argues, adequately understand the religious imagination without knowing the historical, social, and cultural matrices from which it arises. Accordingly, his book explores the Fang culture of Gabon as a set of contexts from which emerges the Bwiti religion. In addition to experience with missionary Christianity, Bwiti uses a great reservoir of images and ideas from its own past. Professor Fernandez analyszes how they are recreated into a compelling religious universe, an equatorial microcosm. Part I, a detailed ethnographic account of Fang culture after colonial encounter, addresses the attendant problems. The author discusses the European influence on the self-concept of the Fang, family life and kinship, and political and economic relationships. Part II analyzes in greater detail the religious implications of European administration and missionary efforts. In Part III the author shows how the malaise and increasing isolation of part of Fang culture achieve some assuagement of the Bwiti religion, which seeks a reconciliation of the past and present. James W. Fernandez is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and author of many studies in this discipline. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

A History of the Sikhs, Volume II 1839-1964

A History of the Sikhs, Volume II 1839-1964

Author: Khushwant Singh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

The Description for this book, A History of the Sikhs, Volume II: 1839-1964, will be forthcoming.

A History of the Sikhs, Volume I 1469-1839

A History of the Sikhs, Volume I 1469-1839

Author: Khushwant Singh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

The Description for this book, A History of the Sikhs, Volume I: 1469-1839, will be forthcoming.

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

Author: Calum (Cornell University, New York) Carmichael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

This Companion volume offers a sweeping survey of the Bible as a work of literature and its impact on Western writing. Underscoring the sophistication of the biblical writers' thinking in diverse areas of thought, it demonstrates how the Bible relates to many types of knowledge and its immense contribution to education through the ages. The volume emphasizes selected texts chosen from different books of the Bible and from later Western writers inspired by it. Individual essays, each written specially for this book, examine topics such as the gruesome wonders of apocalyptic texts, the erotic content of the Song of Songs, and Jesus' and Paul's language and reasoning, as well as Shakespeare's reflections on repentance in King Lear, Milton's genius in writing Paradise Lost, the social necessity of individual virtue in Shelley's poetry, and the mythic status of Melville's Moby Dick in the United States and the Western world in general.

Petri Pictaviensis Alleg Vol 3

Petri Pictaviensis Alleg Vol 3

Author: Corbett Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2020

From Glory to Glory Texts from Mystical Writings

From Glory to Glory Texts from Mystical Writings

Author: Saint,Bishop of Nyssa Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

This collection of the spiritual writings of St Gregory of Nyssa, selected and introduced by Jean Danielou, has long been recognized as an authoritative introduction to the father of mysticism, who exploded classical antiquity's static understanding of perfection by showing the Christian life as one of never-ending growth, a true dynamic movement from glory to glory. Modern thought has come more and more to appreciate the depth and insight of Gregory of Nyssa: he epitomizes, in a sense, all that is best in post-Nicean patristic thought...In Gregory's teaching of the sacred history - of the story of God's dealings with men - history and symbol fuse in a way that reveals all the uniqueness of the Christian message.

The Deification of Man St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Tradition

The Deification of Man St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Tradition

Author: Georgios I. Mantzaridis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

The theological and anthropological basis for the doctrine of deification as expounded by St Gregory Palamas (1296-1359).

All the Fulness of God

All the Fulness of God

Author: Thomas Hopko Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

A collection of essays on the Orthodox vision of theology, the Bible, catholicity and ecumenism, eucharistic participation for children, witness and service, and Orthodoxy in modern America.

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature

Author: Calum (Cornell University, New York) Carmichael Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2020

This Companion volume offers a sweeping survey of the Bible as a work of literature and its impact on Western writing. Underscoring the sophistication of the biblical writers' thinking in diverse areas of thought, it demonstrates how the Bible relates to many types of knowledge and its immense contribution to education through the ages. The volume emphasizes selected texts chosen from different books of the Bible and from later Western writers inspired by it. Individual essays, each written specially for this book, examine topics such as the gruesome wonders of apocalyptic texts, the erotic content of the Song of Songs, and Jesus' and Paul's language and reasoning, as well as Shakespeare's reflections on repentance in King Lear, Milton's genius in writing Paradise Lost, the social necessity of individual virtue in Shelley's poetry, and the mythic status of Melville's Moby Dick in the United States and the Western world in general.