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Engaging South Asian Religions
Engaging South Asian Religions (May 2011)
Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances
Mathew N. Schmalz - Editor
Peter Gottschalk - Editor

Looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from precolonial to contemporary times.

Focusing on boundaries, appropriations, and resistances involved in Western engagements with South Asian religions, this volume considers both the pre- and postcolonial period in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It pays particular attention to contemporary controversies surrounding the study...(Read More)
 
 
One Religion Too Many
One Religion Too Many (May 2011)
The Religiously Comparative Reflections of a Comparatively Religious Hindu
Arvind Sharma - Author

Enlightening encounters with the world’s religions from a Hindu perspective.

One Religion Too Many is a Hindu pilgrim’s progress through the world’s religious traditions. An eminent scholar of comparative religion, Arvind Sharma provides a firsthand account of how he came to be a party to the dialogue of religions—first with his own religion, then with the comparative study of ...(Read More)
 
 
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought (May 2011)
Amy Olberding - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality ...(Read More)
 
 
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (April 2011)
Arvind Sharma - Author

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the nonmissionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, ...(Read More)
 
 
Riding the Wind with Liezi
Riding the Wind with Liezi (April 2011)
New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic
Ronnie Littlejohn - Editor
Jeffrey Dippmann - Editor

New attention and fresh perspectives on the classic, but neglected text of Daoism, the Liezi.
The Liezi is the forgotten classic of Daoism. Along with the Laozi (Daodejing) and the Zhuangzi, it’s been considered a Daoist masterwork since the mid-eighth century, yet unlike those well-read works, the Liezi is little known and receives scant scholarly attention. Nevertheless, the Liez...(Read More)
 
 
Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen
Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen (March 2011)
Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality
Eun-su Cho - Editor
Robert E. Buswell Jr. - Foreword by

Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the fourth century to the present.

Uncovering hidden histories, this book focuses on Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the fourth century to the present. Today, South Korea’s Buddhist nuns have a thriving monastic community under their own control, and they are well known as meditation teachers and social service providers. However, little i...(Read More)
 
 
China's America
China's America (March 2011)
The Chinese View the United States, 1900-2000
Jing Li - Author

2011 Best Book Award, presented by the Chinese American Librarians Association
2011 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title


A fascinating look at Chinese perceptions of the United States and the cultural and political background that informs them.

What do the Chinese think of America? Why did Jiang Zemin praise the film Titanic? Why did Mao call FDR’s en...(Read More)
 
 
Confucianism in Context
Confucianism in Context (November 2010)
Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond
Wonsuk Chang - Editor
Leah Kalmanson - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

What is Confucianism? This book provides a comprehensive view of the tradition and its contemporary relevance for Western readers. Discussing the development of Confucianism in China, the work shows the deep impact of Korean and Japanese cultures on Confucian thinking. A dialogic way of thought, highly sensitive to locations and conditions, Confu...(Read More)
 
 
Invoking Lakshmi
Invoking Lakshmi (October 2010)
The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony
Constantina Rhodes - Author

A multifaceted portrait of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Includes translations of verses used to invoke this goddess.

Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, happiness, and abundant good fortune. This fascinating book is the first comprehensive guide to this celebrated goddess, her worship, and the deeper spiritual domain of prosperity she reveals. Constantina Rhodes pres...(Read More)
 
 
Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously
Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously (October 2010)
Contemporary Theories and Applications
Kam-por Yu - Editor
Julia Tao - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.

This thought-provoking work presents Confucianism as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance. While acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential philosophies, Confucianism’s significance is too often consigned to a historical or solely East Asian context. Discussing both the strengths ...(Read More)
 
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