The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

by Randall L. Nadeau
     
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444361971
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion , #82
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

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.

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