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Handbook on Religion in China

Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang, London School of Economics, UK
Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Publication Date: February 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78643 795 2
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Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions of Daoism, of filial piety and transmissions of rites have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.

Utilising a historical focus to emphasize developments and highlight the transformations of ritual practices, festivals, divination and traditions, this Handbook deals with the emergence of new attitudes to selfhood and the great diversity of civic and other rituals. Traditional ways of forming relationships and conducting life-cycle rituals are also considered. This comprehensive Handbook investigates the ways in which all of these changes are affected by governmental controls that have intriguing unintended consequences.

Providing a solid introduction for both newcomers and informed readers, this Handbook will be a key resource for sociologists and anthropologists of ritual and religion as well as students of religious studies, contemporary Chinese studies and the sociology of religion. With extensive references to assist readers wishing to further deepen their understanding this Handbook will also be of interest to historians and individuals interested in contemporary China.
‘In the flourishing market of surveys of Chinese religions, this Handbook stands out on many counts, including breadth of coverage, quality of writing, and variety of authors’ cultural and intellectual backgrounds. It is built not only on received categories for discussing religion, but even more on lived practice, thus shedding light on many black spots in textbooks. It illuminates the fast-changing religious situation while being historically informed. Both an essential reference book and a trove of brilliant new research.’
– Vincent Goossaert, EPHE, PSL, France

‘After the sustained, yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt to eradicate religion in mainland China during the Cultural Revolution, religious beliefs, practices and organisations have made an impressive comeback since the beginning of the reform policies in the late 1970s. This Handbook presents a rich kaleidoscope of this revival in the People’s Republic of China, paying particular attention to the political and legal frameworks set by the state, which in China has always had a major impact on religious life.’
– Philip Clart, Leipzig University, Germany
Contributors include: I. Beller-Hann, S. Billioud, D. Campo, A.Y. Chau, B. Chen, S. Feuchtwang, G. Ha, A. Iskra, S. Jones, J. Kang, R. Madsen, W. Matthews, E. Oxfeld, D.A. Palmer, P.G. Ran, M. Schumann, R.G. Tiedemann, R.P. Weller, F. Winiger, K. Wu, Y. Zhu
Contents:

Introduction
Stephan Feuchtwang

Part I State policies, civic society and cultural revival
1. Religious policy in China
Richard Madsen

2. Philanthropy and the religious life of goodness in China
Robert P. Weller, C. Julia Huang and Keping Wu

3. Remaking the self: spirituality, civilization and the Chinese quest for the good life in the reform era
Anna Iskra, Fabian Winiger and David A. Palmer

4. The contemporary Confucian revival in perspective
Sébastien Billioud

5. Heritage and religion in China
Yujie Zhu

Part II revitalized and modernizing traditions
6. Life-cycle rituals in rural and urban China: birth, marriage and death
Ellen Oxfeld

7. Temples and festivals in rural and urban China
Adam Yuet Chau

8. Fate, destiny, and divination
William Matthews

9. Redemptive societies
Matthias Schumann

Part III Daoism, Buddhism, Tibet, the Naxi
10. Household ritual specialists
Stephen Jones

11. Daoism and Daoist organisations
Stephan Feuchtwang

12. Chinese Buddhism in the post-Mao era: preserving and reinventing the received tradition
Daniela Campo

13. Tibetan religions on the Qing-zang plateau
Chen Bo

14. Migration myth and ancestral roads in southwest China
Guangpei Ran

Part IV Islam and Christianity
15. Hui Muslims and Han converts: Islam and the paradox of recognition
Guangtian Ha

16. Uyghur religion
Ildikó Bellér-Hann

17. Protestant Christianities in contemporary China
R.G.Tiedemann

18. Rural to urban Protestant house churches in China
Jie Kang

19. Chinese Catholicism
Richard Madsen

Index