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Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.
A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.
Uses a comparative hermeneutical method to explain the most important terms in the classical Confucian philosophical texts, in an effort to allow the tradition to speak on its own terms.
Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.
Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.
Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.
Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.
Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.
Offers three neo-Confucian understandings of broadening the Way as broadening oneself, through an ongoing process of removing self-boundaries.
Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.
Comparative, ethnographic study of women who migrate for marriage in rural north India.
Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.
The first concerted attempt to analyze how the histories Shiji and Hanshu described the technical arts as they were applied in vital areas of the administration of pre-Han and Han China.
Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.
Looking at Japan, traces crisis narratives across three decades and ten policy fields, with the aim of disentangling discursively manufactured crises from actual policy failures.
Describes the profound social impact of the overthrow of the Thai absolute monarchy in 1932, and explains the importance of democracy in a country long known for authoritarian politics.
Explores how poetry was used to disseminate and interpret history in early medieval China.
Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
The ancient concept of spontaneous self-causation (ziran) from Daoism opens a path to understanding human action as self-organizing, attention as effortless, and art as somatic.
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
The first English-language translation of an important figure in modern Confucian thought.
Analyzes international and cultural relationships informed by "China," a category that is becoming ever more indispensable and yet unstable in everyday narratives.
Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.
Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.
Relates Chinese Realism to contemporary political and ethical challenges, such as in international relations and the morality of the public sector.
Explores questions of death and mortality in several key texts of East Asian literature and cinema.
Questions universities’ increasing reliance on market-oriented metrics to determine their strategic directions and gauge faculty productivity.
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.
Examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.
A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata studies.
Examines English-language Indian newspapers from the mid-nineteenth century and their role in simultaneously sustaining and probing British colonial governance.
Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”
Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.
Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.
A study of Hu Feng as a literary critic and case study on how intellectual work can respond to political pressure.
Argues that Confucianism and other East Asian philosophical traditions can be resources for understanding and addressing current global challenges such as climate change and hunger.
Critical essays on the transnational Kashmiri-American poet.
Sets out the challenges presented to Muslim societies by Western dominance over the past two hundred years, and explores Muslim responses, particularly in the context of South Asia.
The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.
Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.
Unique interdisciplinary analysis of gendered and racialized economies of care in South Asia and the Americas.
Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.
Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.
A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.
The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.
A unique work on the underlying ontology, cosmology, and moral philosophy of the Yijing.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.
Aims to introduce a greater degree of theoretical rigor to the discipline of Japan studies as a whole.
Essays on modern Indian history and the legacy of Partition.
Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.
Explains why and how local critical reporting can exist in China despite the kinds of media control that are the hallmarks of authoritarian rule.
Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.
Examines China’s involvement in Ethiopia as the latter embarks on modernization and economic development.
An interdisciplinary dialogue with Shūsaku Endō’s last novel offering new perspectives on Japanese culture, Christian doctrine, Hindu spiritualities, and Buddhist worldviews.
Offers an in-depth ethnography of paradigm shifts in the lifestyles and values of youth in post-growth Japan.
Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
Argues that the only way to understand the Confucian vision of the consummate moral life is to take the tradition on its own terms.
Explains the Hindi novel’s role in anticipating and creating the story of middle-class modernity and modernization in North India.
Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.
Challenges descriptions of East Asian societies as Confucian cultures and communitarian Confucian models as a political alternative to liberal democracy.
An innovative comparative study of the role of racial stereotypes in expressing state power under globalization.
Explores the cultural dimensions of protest and dissent in China, focusing on dramatic forms of bodily, spatial, strategic, and artistic performativity.
Examines the political dynamics behind anticorruption efforts in Asia.
Groundbreaking analysis of how colonialism created new conceptual categories and spatial forms that reshaped rural societies.
Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida in dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression.
Explores the role of meditation on the five elements in the practice of Yoga.
Examines the role that Japanese girls’ magazine culture played during the twentieth century in the creation and use of the notion of shōjo, the cultural identity of adolescent Japanese girls.
Critically introduces the philosophical system of Li Zehou, one of the most significant modern scholars of Chinese history and culture.
Argues that we move beyond philosophy that is simply “comparative” and uses John Dewey’s late period reflections as the basis for an alternative.
Offers the first focused study of the shifei debates of the Warring States period in ancient China and challenges the imposition of Western conceptual categories onto these debates.
Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.
Assesses John Dewey’s visit to China in 1919–21 as an “intra-cultural” episode and promotes “Chinese natural philosophy” as a philosophical context in which to understand the connections between Dewey’s philosophy and early Confucian thinking.
Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.
The first detailed analysis in English of monarchy and governance in Korea during King Chŏngjo’s reign.
A distillation of the historian’s finest writings on modern Indian historical themes.
Proposes an “intra-cultural philosophy” based on John Dewey’s “cultural turn” and promotes Daoist thought as a resource that can help to reconstruct outmoded assumptions that continue to shape how we currently think.
Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.
Shows how Japan’s immigration policy is shaped by the nature of Japan’s economy and elite debates about the country’s national identity.
Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.
A rare look at the history of Himalayan peasant society and the relationship between culture and environment in the Himalayas.
A novel of political intrigue and coming of age, centered in a torture operative who is a fugitive and his unsuspecting daughter who must shelter him.
A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.
This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.
Shows that the feminist interventions of the Mao era (1949–1976) continue to influence contemporary Chinese women.
The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.
Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.
Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.
Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.
Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.
Offers biographical accounts of several of North Korea’s leaders to illuminate the inner workings of its government.
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.
Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.