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Recovering Buddhism in Modern China

Jan Kiely and J. Brooks Jessup


Modern Chinese history told from a Buddhist perspective restores the vibrant, creative role of religion in postimperial China. It shows how urban Buddhist elites jockeyed for cultural dominance in the early Republican era, how Buddhist intellectuals reckoned with science, and how Buddhist media contributed to modern print cultures. It recognizes the political importance of sacred Buddhist relics and the complex processes through which Buddhists both participated in and experienced religious suppression under Communist rule. Today, urban and rural communities alike engage with Buddhist practice ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, postimperial China, Buddhism and Marxism, Buddhism and science, urban modernity, print culture, monastic and lay Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172769
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Kiely, editor

J. Brooks Jessup, editor

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