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Christianity in India: The Anti-Colonial Turn

Christianity in India: The Anti-Colonial Turn

1st Edition

Clara A.B. Joseph
March 14, 2019

By studying the history and sources of the Thomas Christians of India, a community of pre-colonial Christian heritage, this book revisits the assumption that Christianity is Western and colonial and that Christians in the non-West are products of colonial and post-colonial missionaries. Christians...

Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains

Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains

1st Edition

Pankaj Jain
August 23, 2018

Scholars have long noticed a discrepancy in the way non-Western and Western peoples conceptualize the scientific and religious worlds. Non-Western traditions and communities, such as of India, are better positioned to provide an alternative to the Western dualistic thinking of separating science...

Asian Religions, Technology and Science

Asian Religions, Technology and Science

1st Edition

István Keul
June 28, 2018

Over the past five decades, the field of religion-and-science scholarship has experienced a considerable expansion. This volume explores the historical and contemporary perspectives of the relationship between religion, technology and science with a focus on South and East Asia. These three areas...

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions

1st Edition

Diana Dimitrova, Tatiana Oranskaia
June 21, 2018

The issue of divinizing in South Asian traditions has not been examined before as a process involving various methods to affect the socio-cultural cognition of the community. It is therefore essential to consider the context of "divinizing" and to analyse what groups, institutions or individuals...

The Goddess in Hindu-Tantric Traditions: Devi as Corpse

The Goddess in Hindu-Tantric Traditions: Devi as Corpse

1st Edition

Anway Mukhopadhyay
April 26, 2018

The Great Goddess, in her various puranic and tantric forms, is often figured as sitting on a corpse which is identified as Shiva-as-shava (God Shiva, the consort of the Devi and an iconic representation of the Absolute without attributes, the Nirguna Brahman). Hence, most of the existing critical...

Why Traditional Chinese Philosophy Still Matters: The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom for the Global Age

Why Traditional Chinese Philosophy Still Matters: The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom for the Global Age

1st Edition

Ming Dong Gu
February 23, 2018

Traditional Chinese philosophy, if engaged at all, is often regarded as an object of antiquated curiosity and dismissed as unimportant in the current age of globalization. Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this book, however, challenges this judgement and offers an in-depth...

Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia: Collaborations and Collisions

Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia: Collaborations and Collisions

1st Edition

Ivette M. Vargas-O'Bryan, Zhou Xun
January 22, 2018

Recent academic and medical initiatives have highlighted the benefits of studying culturally embedded healing traditions that incorporate religious and philosophical viewpoints to better understand local and global healing phenomena. Capitalising on this trend, the present volume looks at the...

Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism

Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism

1st Edition

James Stewart
January 22, 2018

Buddhism is widely known to advocate a stance of total pacifism towards all sentient beings, and because of this, it is often thought that Buddhist doctrine would stipulate that non-violent food practices, such as vegetarianism, be mandatory. However, the Pāli source materials do not encourage...

Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, Practices and Meanings

Objects of Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, Practices and Meanings

1st Edition

Knut A. Jacobsen, Mikael Aktor, Kristina Myrvold
January 12, 2018

Objects of worship are an aspect of the material dimension of lived religion in South Asia. The omnipresence of these objects and their use is a theme which cuts across the religious traditions in the pluralistic religious culture of the region. Divine power becomes manifest in the objects and for...

Indian Philosophy and Meditation: Perspectives on Consciousness

Indian Philosophy and Meditation: Perspectives on Consciousness

1st Edition

Rahul Banerjee, Amita Chatterjee
November 14, 2017

India has a rich tradition of meditative practices designed to study the phenomenon of consciousness. From the distant past to the present, India has evolved a unique psychological culture with grand unifying themes and universal modes of meditative practice. This book provides a detailed analysis...

Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman

Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman

1st Edition

Neil Dalal, Chloë Taylor
October 26, 2017

To date, philosophical discussions of animal ethics and Critical Animal Studies have been dominated by Western perspectives and Western thinkers. This book makes a novel contribution to animal ethics in showing the range and richness of ideas offered to these fields by diverse Asian traditions....

Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology

Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology

1st Edition

Simon Shui-Man Kwan
October 13, 2017

Presenting a fundamental re-thinking of Asian theology, this book focuses on theological indigenization in Asia in light of the postcolonial theory of resistance advanced by Homi K. Bhabha, among others. Two types of anti-colonialist resistance within Asian theologies are identified and...

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