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This book explores the remarkable religious renaissance, largely ignored in the West, that has reformed, revitalized, and renewed the practices of Buddhism and Daoism in Taiwan. Democracy's Dharma connects these noteworthy developments to Taiwan's transition to democracy and the burgeoning needs of its new middle classes. In appealing and accessible prose, Richard Madsen offers fresh thinking on Asian religions and shows that the public religious revival was not only encouraged by the early phases of the democratic transition but has helped to make that transition successful and sustainable.
About the Author:
Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego