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Buddhisms in Asia

A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.

Nine Nights of the Goddess

Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.

Appreciating the Chinese Difference

A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.

Inoue Enryo

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.

Heaven Is Empty

Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.

Found in Transition

Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.

The Gender Legacy of the Mao Era

By Xin Huang
Subjects: Asian Studies

Shows that the feminist interventions of the Mao era (1949–1976) continue to influence contemporary Chinese women.

The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays

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.

Dao and Sign in History

Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.

Sons of Sarasvati

Edited and translated by Chinya V. Ravishankar
Introduction by Chinya V. Ravishankar
Subjects: Asian Studies

Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.

Inside North Korea’s Theocracy

By Ra Jong-yil
Translated by Jinna Park
Subjects: Asian Studies

Offers biographical accounts of several of North Korea’s leaders to illuminate the inner workings of its government.

Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora

Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.

Apophatic Paths from Europe to China

An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.

Ritual Innovation

Challenges prevailing conceptions of what religious ritual does and how it achieves its ends.

Atmospheres of Breathing

Edited by Lenart Škof & Petri Berndtson
Subjects: Philosophy

Attempts to think anew about philosophical questions from the perspective of breath and breathing.

Reading for the Moral

Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.

Hindu Pasts

Challenges the monolithic view of Hinduism in the nineteenth century, and instead offers a vision of India that contains a rich multiplicity of Hinduisms, women’s stories, and cultural histories.

Bodies in China

Engages with Chinese philosophy to offer new conceptual models for reframing gender, bodies, and aesthetics.

P'ungsu

Edited by Hong-key Yoon
Subjects: Asian Studies

The first scholarly book to address Korean geomancy through an interdisciplinary lens.

Religious Journeys in India

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

Having a Word with Angus Graham

Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.

Confucianism Reconsidered

Explores the rich potential of Confucianism in American and Chinese classrooms of the twenty-first century.

Intimate Memory

Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.

Language as Bodily Practice in Early China

Challenges the idea held by many prominent twentieth-century Sinologists that early China experienced a “language crisis. ”

Enticement

Short stories that reflect the complexities of contemporary Tibetan life, written by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden.

Between History and Philosophy

Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.

Expressing the Heart's Intent

Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.

Confucianism for the Contemporary World

Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.

Everyday Sustainability

Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.

The China Order

Examines the rising power of China and Chinese foreign policy through a revisionist analysis of Chinese civilization.

Text and Tradition in South India

Essays on Telugu and South Indian literature and culture by distinguished Telugu scholar Narayana Rao.

Birth in Ancient China

Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.

Shimmering Mirrors

A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.

Journey of a Goddess

Edited and translated by Fan Pen Li Chen
Introduction by Fan Pen Li Chen
Subjects: Asian Studies

First English translations of a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

Walayah in the Fatimid Isma'ili Tradition

Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.

Marionette Plays from Northern China

Edited and translated by Fan Pen Li Chen
Introduction by Fan Pen Li Chen
Subjects: Asian Studies

English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of Northern China.

China's Lonely Revolution

Presents a new view of the Chinese revolution through the lens of the local Communist movement in Hainan between 1926 and 1956.

Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints

A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.

Forget Chineseness

Critiques the idea of a Chinese cultural identity and argues that such identities are instead determined by geopolitical and economic forces.

Confucianism and American Philosophy

A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.

The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith

First work to address the legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith and his influence on the development of religious studies and Islamic studies in the twentieth century.

The First Islamic Classic in Chinese

Translated by Sachiko Murata
Introduction by Sachiko Murata
Notes by Sachiko Murata
Subjects: Religion And Spirituality

A translation of Wang Daiyu’s Real Commentary on the True Teaching, the first and most influential work written in the Chinese language on Islam.

The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows

Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.

Partnership within Hierarchy

Examines intra-alliance politics between the United States, Japan, and South Korea.

Military Thought in Early China

Provides a systematic and comprehensive survey of writings on military philosophy in early China.

Re-ending the Mahabharata

Offers a fresh perspective on the Mahābhārata based on an exploration of its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan.

The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture

Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.

Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea

By Jiso Yoon
Subjects: Public Policy

Reveals how policymaking traditions prior to democratization continue to resonate within current South Korean public policy advocacy practices.

The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.

Undervalued Dissent

Uses two case studies to demonstrate how neoliberal reforms in India have de-democratized labor politics.

The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

Presents a twenty-first-century, progressive, liberal Confucianism.

Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians

Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.

Self-Realization through Confucian Learning

Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.

Anarchism in Korea

A regional and transnational history of anarchism in Korea.

Korean Religions in Relation

Examines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea, focusing on their mutual accommodation, exclusion, conflict, and assimilation.

The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition

A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.

Seeing Like the Buddha

Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.

Behind the Facade

Explores why authoritarian regimes bother to hold elections.

Refiguring the Body

Examines how embodiment is conceived and experienced in South Asian religions.

Understanding the Analects of Confucius

A new translation and commentary of the Analects for contemporary audiences.

Crossing the Gate

Challenges the accepted wisdom about women and gender roles in medieval China.

Chaekgeori

The first major exhibition in the United States of chaekgeori painting, including on view for the first time many screens from private collections and various Korean institutions.

Chinese Thought as Global Theory

Using Chinese thought, explores how non-Western thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory.

The Divine Quest, East and West

Looks at the concept of Ultimate Reality in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.

Confucianism, A Habit of the Heart

Employs Robert Bellah’s notion of civil religion to explore East Asia’s Confucian revival.

Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy

Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large.

Thailand's Theory of Monarchy

Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.

The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle

Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.

Fabricating an Educational Miracle

By Jinting Wu
Subjects: Asian Studies

Illustrates the changing significance of what it means to be educated, rural, and ethnic in Southwest China.

Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning

A translation and discussion of the central Confucian text on education, Xueji (On Teaching and Learning), influential in China from the Han dynasty to the present day.

The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena

Explores the activities and political personas of women activists in Shiv Sena, a militant Indian political party.

Returning to Zhu Xi

A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.

The Creation of Wing Chun

Looks at southern Chinese martial arts traditions and how they have become important to local identity and narratives of resistance.

Embracing Our Complexity

Using the thought of Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi, explores how to exercise and limit authority.

A Postcolonial Self

A theologically informed look at the postcolonial self that forms as Korean immigrants confront life in the United States.

The Chinese Market Economy, 1000–1500

Documents the rise and fall of a market economy in China from 1000-1500.

Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan

Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.

Fetishizing Tradition

Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.

Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity

An overview of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han through Tang periods.

In the Shadows of the Dao

Challenges standard views of the origins of the Daodejing, revealing the work’s roots in a tradition of physical cultivation.

Contesting Feminisms

Creates a new space for hybrid feminist analysis of Asian Muslim women’s lives.

A Very Old Machine

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.

Buried Ideas

Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.

A Great Undertaking

Explores the social disruption resulting from industrialization in a Chinese coalmining community at the turn of the twentieth century.

Sacred Matters

Explores how objects shape the worlds of religious participants across a range of South Asian traditions.

BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh

A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.

Engaged Emancipation

A wide-ranging analysis of the Mokṣopāya, the Indian literary classic that teaches through storytelling how to enjoy an active, successful, worldly life in a spiritually enlightened way.

Request Line at Noon

By Lee Jangwook
Translated by Sun Kim & Tsering Wangmo
Subjects: General Interest

A collection of poems by the South Korean poet Lee Jangwook.

From Comparison to World Literature

Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.

Japanese Diplomacy

Groundbreaking study demonstrating how Japan's leaders play an important role in diplomacy.

Whose Tradition? Which Dao?

Considers the notable similarities between the thought of Confucius and Wittgenstein.

Mappila Muslim Culture

Thorough exploration of the distinct culture of the Mappila Muslims of Kerala, India.

Translating China for Western Readers

Explores the challenges of translating Chinese works for Western readers, particularly premodern texts.

Confucian Propriety and Ritual Learning

A reconsideration of the Confucian concept li (ritual or ritual propriety), one that references Western philosophers as well as the Chinese context.

Encounters of Mind

Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.

Why Be Moral?

Explores the resources for contemporary ethics found in the work of the Cheng brothers, canonical neo-Confucian philophers.

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character

A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

Gendering Chinese Religion

Edited by Jinhua Jia, Xiaofei Kang, and Ping Yao
Subjects: Asian Studies

A gender-critical consideration of women and religion in Chinese traditions from medieval to modern times.

A Hindu Theology of Liberation

Discusses Hindu Advaita Vedānta as a philosophy of social justice for the modern world.

Red God

The career of communist revolutionary Wei Baqun, one of China’s “three great peasant leaders” and man of the southern frontier.