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Colonial Transformation and Asian Religions in Modern History

Editor(s): David W. Kim
Contributors: Muhammad Kavesh, Elizabeth Ann McDougal, Paolo Rosati, Taritwat Chaihemwong, Supriya Banik Pal, Midori Horiuchi,
Subject: History

Book Description

The localisation of a region, group, or culture was a common social phenomenon in pre-modern Asia, but global colonialism began to affect the lifestyle of local people. What was the political condition of the relationship between insiders and outsiders? The impact of colonial authorities over religious communities has not received significant attention, even though the Asian continent is the home of many religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Shintoism, and Shamanism. Colonial Transformation and Asian Religions in Modern History presents multi-angled perspectives of socio-religious transition. It uses the cultural religiosity of the Asian people as a lens through which readers can re-examine the concepts of imperialism, religious syncretism and modernisation. The contributors interpret the growth of new religions as another facet of counter-colonialism. This new approach offers significant insight into comprehending the practical agony and sorrow of regional people throughout Asian history.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0559-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0559-6
Date of Publication: 01/02/2018
Pages / Size: 312 / A5
Price: £64.99


David W. Kim, PhD, is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. He is Article Editor for SAGE Open Publications, as well as peer-reviewer for Asian Studies, and Korean Journal for Religious Studies. His publications include New Religious Movements in Modern Asian History (forthcoming 2018), Religious Encounters in Transcultural Society (2017), Religious Transformation in Modern Asia: A Transnational Movement (2015) and Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean (2012).