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Handbook on Religion in China
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Handbook on Religion in China

9781786437952 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang, London School of Economics, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78643 795 2 Extent: 488 pp
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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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.
Critical Acclaim
‘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
Contributors: I. Beller-Hann, S. Billioud, D. Campo, A.Y. Chau, B. Chen, S. Feuchtwang, G. Ha, C.J. Huang, 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
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Contents:

Introduction to the Handbook on Religion in China 1
Stephan Feuchtwang

PART I STATE POLICIES, CIVIC SOCIETY AND CULTURAL
REVIVAL
1 Religious policy in China 17
Richard Madsen
2 Philanthropy and the religious life of goodness in China 34
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 54
Anna Iskra, Fabian Winiger and David A. Palmer
4 The contemporary Confucian revival in perspective 75
Sébastien Billioud
5 Heritage and religion in China 96
Yujie Zhu

PART II REVITALIZED AND MODERNIZING TRADITIONS
6 Life-cycle rituals in rural and urban China: birth, marriage
and death 110
Ellen Oxfeld
7 Temples and festivals in rural and urban China 132
Adam Yuet Chau
8 Fate, destiny and divination 156
William Matthews
9 Redemptive societies 184
Matthias Schumann

PART III DAOISM, BUDDHISM, TIBET, THE NAXI
10 Household ritual specialists 214
Stephen Jones
11 Daoism and Daoist organisations 244
Stephan Feuchtwang
12 Chinese Buddhism in the post-Mao era: preserving and
reinventing the received tradition 255
Daniela Campo
13 Tibetan religions on the Qing-zang Plateau 281
Chen Bo
14 Migration myth and ancestral roads in southwest China 300
Peter Guangpei Ran

PART IV ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
15 Hui Muslims and Han converts: Islam and the paradox of
recognition 313
Guangtian Ha
16 Uyghur religion 338
Ildikó Bellér-Hann
17 Protestant Christianities in contemporary China 361
R.G. Tiedemann
18 Rural to urban Protestant house churches in China 407
Jie Kang
19 Chinese Catholicism 431
Richard Madsen

Index 449

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