Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach by Xinzhong YaoChinese Religion: A Contextual Approach by Xinzhong Yao

Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach

byXinzhong Yao, Yanxia Zhao

Hardcover | May 25, 2010

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Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach is a new introduction to the field of Chinese religion and culture. It seeks to guide readers through some of the primary source material and to introduce them to continuing, contemporary debates and interpretations of religious ideas, concepts and practices in China and beyond. Defining religion as a way of life, this book examines religious beliefs and practices in particular cultural contexts, and highlights the relevance of religion to personal, communal and political life.

In this clear account, Xinzhong Yao and Yanxia Zhao move away from the traditional and outmoded definition of Chinese religion, towards a multi-layered hermeneutic of the diverse and yet syncretic nature and functions of religions in China. Additional features include questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter and suggestions for further reading at the end of the book.
Xinzhong Yao is Professor of Chinese Religion at King's College London, UK, and author of An Introduction to Confucianism (Cambridge University Press 2000). Yanxia Zhao is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, and author of Father and Son in Confucianism and Christianity: A Comparative Study of Xun...
Title:Chinese Religion: A Contextual ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.45 × 6.38 × 1.08 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1847064752

ISBN - 13:9781847064752


Table of Contents

A Timeline of Chinese Religion \ Preface \ 1. Setting the Context \ 2. Religion and Zongjiao \ 3. Religion in History \ 4. Religion as Culture \ 5. Religion in Family contexts \ 6. Religion and State \ 7. Religious Beliefs \ 8. Religious Practices \ 9. Religion as the Way of Life \ Appendix I: Bibliography \ Appendix II: A Glossary of Chinese Characters and Terms \ Appendix III: A Glossary of Chinese Names and Texts \ Index

Editorial Reviews

"With interest in China and things Chinese growing at an unprecedented rate, this wide-ranging, informative and readable introduction to Chinese religion by Xinzhong Yao and Yanxia Zhao is both timely and welcome. Based on twenty years experience of teaching a course in Chinese religion and culture, the authors provide a first-rate account of Han Chinese religion in its social and historical context, aimed at students and the general reader. Highly recommended!" - Professor Brian Bocking, University College Cork, Ireland