Transitions in faith, times of turmoil in turn of the century Korea

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Eastern Learning and the Heavenly Way: The Tonghak and Chondogyo Movements and the Twilight of Korean Independence
written by Carl F. Young

2014 | 297 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3888-1 | $49.00
Hawaii Studies on Korea

It was in this context of social change and an increasingly perilous international situation that Tonghak rebuilt itself, emerging as Ch’ŏndogyo (Teaching of the Heavenly Way) in 1906. During the years before Japan’s annexation of Korea in 1910, Ch’ŏndogyo continued to evolve by engaging with new currents in social and political thought, strengthening its institutions, and using new communication technologies to spread its religious and political message. In spite of Korea’s loss of independence, Ch’ŏndogyo would endure and play a major role in Korean nationalist movements in the Japanese colonial period, most notably the March First independence demonstrations in 1919. It was only able to thrive thanks to the processes that had taken place in the twilight years of Korean independence.

 

 

Charismatic power, excess, and collapse in Thailand’s northern capital

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Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanity, and the Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai
written by Andrew Alan Johnson

2014 | 208 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3939-0 | $55.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3882-2 | $36.00
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Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory
Published in association with Silkworm Books

“A farang observer with a wry sense of humor, an eye for detail, and a feel for history, Drew Johnson has given us a fascinating study of “progress” in contemporary Chiang Mai. Johnson shows why spirit mediums are as necessary as modern architects for preserving the unique identity and ensuring the future prosperity of this ancient city in Thailand’s north.” —Tony Day

 

Contemporary thoughts on Monastic Buddhism

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Buddhist Nuns, Monks, and Other Worldly Matters: Recent Papers on Monastic Buddhism in India
written by Gregory Schopen

2014 | 480 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3880-5 | $70.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3882-2 | $36.00
Studies in the Buddhist Traditions

“Gregory Schopen is undeniably one of the most important contributors to the evolving understanding of Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism. His challenging and rigorous scholarship is accomplished not only by means of canonical textual analysis, but by studies of art, inscriptions, and other material culture as well.” —Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses

Indonesia’s Islam and autonomy’s quandary

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Caged in on the Outside: Moral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia
written by Gregory M. Simon

2014 | 272 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3830-0 | $57.00
Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory

“Simon’s book is a welcome addition to the literature on the Minangkabau. He offers a dynamic view of how Minangkabau people negotiate the contradictions and tensions they experience in everyday contexts and provides an excellent exposition of the concepts of social integration and individual autonomy. By bringing Islam into the larger conversation about moral subjectivity, he demonstrates how people engage with and make use of Islamic values in their daily lives.” —Evelyn Blackwood, Purdue University

Discretion’s consequence in Shin Buddhism

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Secrecy’s Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contraditions of Concealment
written by Clark Chilson

2014 | 235 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3839-3 | $42.00
Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture


Drawing on historical and ethnographic sources, as well as fieldwork among covert Shin Buddhists in central Japan, Secrecy’s Power introduces the histories, doctrines, and practices of different covert Shin Buddhists. It shows how, despite assumptions to the contrary, secrecy has been a significant part of Shin’s history since the thirteenth century, when Shinran disowned his eldest son for claiming secret knowledge. The work also demonstrates how secrecy in Shin has long been both a source of conflict and a response to it.