Confucianism As a World Religion Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities

ISBN-10: 0691155577
ISBN-13: 9780691155579
Edition: 2013
Authors: Anna Sun
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over a period of more than a decade, this book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion.The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Müller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of "world religions" and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. Anna Sun shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has become important to the present regime in a time of transition. Contested histories of Confucianism are vital signs of social and political change.Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion. Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality?With historical analysis, extensive research, and thoughtful reflection,Confucianism as a World Religionwill engage all those interested in religion and global politics at the beginning of the Chinese century.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction Confusions over Confucianism
The Puzzle of Classification: How Did Confucianism Become a World Religion?
Four Controversies over the Religious Nature of Confucianism A Brief History of Confucianism
The Making of a World Religion Confucianism and the Emergence of Comparative Religion as a Discipline in the Nineteenth Century
The Confucianism as a Religion Controversy in Contemporary China
The Problem of Methodology: Who Are the Confucians in China?
Confucianism as a World Religion The Legitimation of a New Paradigm
Counting Confucians through Social Scientific Research
To Become a Confucian A New Conceptual Framework
The Reality of Practices: Is Confucianism a Religion in China Today?
The Emerging Voices of Women in the Revival of Confucianism
The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices
The Politics of the Future of Confucianism
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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