Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 44, No 2 (2015)

The Grey Matters: The Use and Abuse of East/West Taxonomies

Sarah F. Haynes
Issued Date: 14 Jul 2015


In my 2013 Bulletin blog post on the categorization of religious traditions as eastern or western I focused on my work as an academic studying Tibetan Buddhism in North America and my experiences teaching eastern religions to students at a post-secondary institution in the United States. Expanding on my earlier contribution, here I focus my attention on the challenges and responses related to the east/west taxonomies in the context of my research and teaching.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v44i2.26097


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