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The Multiplicity of Chinese and Indian Religions: A Critical Reappraisal of the Notion of “Eastern Religion”

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1. Title Title of document The Multiplicity of Chinese and Indian Religions: A Critical Reappraisal of the Notion of “Eastern Religion” - Researching Global Religious Landscapes
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Måns Broo; Åbo Akademi University ;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ruby Sain; Jadavpur University / Adamamas University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) contemporary religion; religion today; cross-cultural religion; religious issues; religious debates; religious diversity; secular; religious worldview; world religion
5. Subject Subject classification contemporary religion
6. Description Abstract The distinction between “Eastern” and “Western” religion has often been used as a generic model for comprehending basic distinctions in the study of religion as well as in relation to debates on religious change in the West. Campbell (2007) discussed the Western understanding of “Eastern religions” marking a watershed in contemporary religious change. But what really are this “Eastern” religions, outside the desk of scholars? This chapter explores Campbell’s basic model and in particular questions the inherent stereotypical assumption of “Eastern” or “Asian” religion (see e.g. Hamilton 2002). Embedded in the rich mixed methods material, the chapter points to the inherent and neglected diversity in the Asian countries the People’s Republic of China (henceforth, China), and India. Our results show that while categories such as “Muslim,” “Buddhist” and “Taoist” are naturally useful in many ways, they tell us little about the types of worldviews that the young university students studied here hold as additional and relevant crossings of the lines of religious affiliation are significant.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2024
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44298
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Researching Global Religious Landscapes
16. Language English=en en
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