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Returning to Zhu Xi
Returning to Zhu Xi (December 2015)
Emerging Patterns within the Supreme Polarity
David Jones - Editor
Jinli He - Editor

A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.

Zhu Xi (1130–1200), the chief architect of neo-Confucian thought, affected a momentous transformation in Chinese philosophy. His ideas came to dominate Chinese intellectual life, including the educational and civil service systems, for centuries. Despite...(Read More)
Sacred Matters
Sacred Matters (December 2015)
Material Religion in South Asian Traditions
Tracy Pintchman - Editor
Corinne G. Dempsey - Editor

Explores how objects shape the worlds of religious participants across a range of South Asian traditions.
Sacred Matters explores the lives of material objects in South Asian religions. Spanning a range of traditions including Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, and Christianity, the book demonstrates how sacred items influence and enliven the worlds of religious participants across South Asia and into the diaspora. Cont...(Read More)
A Very Old Machine
A Very Old Machine (November 2015)
The Many Origins of the Cinema in India
Sudhir Mahadevan - Author

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.
In A Very Old Machine, Sudhir Mahadevan shows how Indian cinema’s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in its twenty-first-century present. He proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; r...(Read More)
Buried Ideas
Buried Ideas (November 2015)
Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts
Sarah Allan - Author

Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.
The discovery of previously unknown philosophical texts from the Axial Age is revolutionizing our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Buried Ideas presents and discusses four texts found on brush-written slips of bamboo and their seemingly unprecedented political philosophy. Written...(Read More)
Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan
Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan (November 2015)
Risk, Community, and Knowledge
Akihiro Ogawa - Author

Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.

Akihiro Ogawa explores Japan’s recent embrace of lifelong learning as a means by which a neoliberal state deals with risk. Lifelong learning has been heavily promoted by Japan’s policymakers, and statistics find one-third of Japanese people engaged in some form of these activities. Activities that increase abilities a...(Read More)
The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, Vol. #3, Issue #1
The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, Vol. #3, Issue #1 (11/2015)
Mayuko Uehara - Editor in Chief
Lam Wing-keung Kevin - Associate editor
Ching-yuen Cheung - Assistant editor
John W. M. Krummel - Assistant editor
Leah Kalmanson - Assistant editor
Curtis Rigsby - Book Review editor

Asian Muslim Women
Asian Muslim Women (October 2015)
Globalization and Local Realities
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh - Editor

Presents multifaceted aspects of Asian Muslim women’s lives and agencies.

This book resists the homogenization of Muslim women by detailing the diversity in their lives and by challenging the dominant paradigm of Arabized Islam as the sole interpreter of the faith. Though much has been written on the Middle East, there is a huge gap in research on Asia, which has two-thirds of the world’s Musl...(Read More)
BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh
BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh (October 2015)
Transformation and Manipulation
Manzurul Mannan - Author

A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.
Founded in 1972 and now the largest NGO in the world, BRAC has been lauded for its efforts aimed at lifting the poor, especially women, out of poverty. In BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh, Manzurul Mannan—while not denying the many positive accomplishments of ...(Read More)
Contesting Feminisms
Contesting Feminisms (October 2015)
Gender and Islam in Asia
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh - Editor

Creates a new space for hybrid feminist analysis of Asian Muslim women’s lives.

Contesting Feminisms explores how Asian Muslim women make decisions on appropriating Islam and Islamic lifestyles through their own participation in the faith. The contributors highlight the fact that secularism has provided the space for some women to reclaim their religious identity and their own feminisms. Through com...(Read More)
Fetishizing Tradition
Fetishizing Tradition (October 2015)
Desire and Reinvention in Buddhist and Christian Narratives
Alan Cole - Author

Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.

This innovative work documents the literary gesture that “fetishizes tradition,” making long-standing religious traditions appear present and available through the reading experience. Taking as examples Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Gospel of Mark...(Read More)
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