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The China Order
The China Order (December 2017)
Centralia, World Empire, and the Nature of Chinese Power
Fei-Ling Wang - Author

 
 
Birth in Ancient China
Birth in Ancient China (November 2017)
A Study of Metaphor and Cultural Identity in Pre-Imperial China
Constance A. Cook - Author
Xinhui Luo - Author

Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.

Using newly discovered and excavated texts, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo systematically explore material culture, inscriptions, transmitted texts, and genealogies from BCE China to reconstruct the role of women in social reproduction in the ancient Chinese world. Applying paleographi...(Read More)
 
 
Everyday Sustainability
Everyday Sustainability (November 2017)
Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling
Debarati Sen - Author

Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.

Everyday Sustainability takes readers to ground zero of market-based sustainability initiatives—Darjeeling, India—where Fair Trade ostensibly promises gender justice to minority Nepali women engaged in organic tea production. These women tea farmers and plantation workers have...(Read More)
 
 
Confucianism for the Contemporary World
Confucianism for the Contemporary World (October 2017)
Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action
Tze-ki Hon - Editor
Kristin Stapleton - Editor

Discusses contemporary Confucianism’s relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.

Condemned during the Maoist era as a relic of feudalism, Confucianism enjoyed a robust revival in post-Mao China as China’s economy began its rapid expansion and gradual integration into the global economy. Associated with economic development, individual gro...(Read More)
 
 
Between History and Philosophy
Between History and Philosophy (September 2017)
Anecdotes in Early China
Paul van Els - Editor
Sarah A. Queen - Editor

Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.

Between History and Philosophy is the first book-length study in English to focus on the rhetorical functions and forms of anecdotal narratives in early China. Edited by Paul van Els and Sarah A. Queen, this volume advances the thesis that anecdotes—brief, freestanding acc...(Read More)
 
 
Expressing the Heart's Intent
Expressing the Heart's Intent (September 2017)
Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics
Marthe Atwater Chandler - Author

Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.

In this wide-ranging examination of the concept of zhi (“the heart’s intent”) as the foundation of Chinese aesthetics, Marthe Atwater Chandler places traditional Chinese aesthetics in conversation with contemporary Chinese theory and traditional western philosophy. Poetry, music, painting, ...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (September 2017)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often paradoxical forms of self-construction. Through ethno...(Read More)
 
 
Walayah in the Fatimid Isma'ili Tradition
Walayah in the Fatimid Isma'ili Tradition (September 2017)
Elizabeth R. Alexandrin - Author

Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.

In this original study, Elizabeth R. Alexandrin examines the complex relationships that can be inscribed between medieval Ismā‘īlī thought as an intellectual tradition with a devotional practice of reliance on the imām, and as a politico-esoteric system that redefined governance during ...(Read More)
 
 
The Sound of Vultures' Wings
The Sound of Vultures' Wings (August 2017)
The Tibetan Buddhist Chod Ritual Practice of the Female Buddha Machik Labdron
Jeffrey W. Cupchik - Author
Ven. Pencho Rabgey - Foreword by

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

The Sound of Vultures’ Wings offers the first in-depth exploration of the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition, which is based on the liturgical song-poems of the twelfth-century Tibetan female ascetic Machik Labdrön (1055–1153). Chöd is a musical/meditative Vajrayāna method for cutting off the root of suffering, name...(Read More)
 
 
Flash Points
Flash Points (July 2017)
Lessons Learned and Not Learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Jade Wu - Author

A compelling, intimate account of how US foreign assistance in war zones and developing countries does not achieve its intended goals.

From the hot savannah of Malawi to the cold, damp gray of Kosovo and into the volatile war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and other donors have invested enormous financial and human resources in major peacekeeping and development efforts. Why then is the world ...(Read More)
 
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