Imperialism and the Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia
Examines how new ideas and practices of religion shaped East and Southeast Asia during and after the period of European imperialism. The book takes a region-wide look at imperialism as a whole and compares uncolonized East and colonized Southeast Asia.
"Casting Faiths" examines how new ideas and practices of religion shaped East and Southeast Asia during and after the period of European imperialism. The book takes a region-wide look at imperialism as a whole, not limited to a single empire; compares uncolonized East and colonized Southeast Asia; and, shows how these ideas are not just discussed, but put into practice in law, governance, scholarship and religious mission. It is accessible even to students with minimal or no background in Asian studies.How did European imperialism shape the ideas and practices of religion in East and Southeast Asia? "Casting Faiths" brings together eleven scholars to show how Western law, governance, education and mission shaped the basic understanding of what religion is, and what role it should play in society.
Introduction: The transformation of religion in East and Southeast Asia - paradigmatic change in regional perspective; T.DuBois; PART I: ORIENTALISM AND THE WESTERN RECASTING OF BUDDHISM; From Thathanadaw to Theravada Buddhism: Constructions of Religion and Religious Identity in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Myanmar; A.Kirichenko; Publishing Eastern Buddhism: D.T Suzuki's journey to the West; J.Snodgrass; PART II: MISSION AND MEANING IN CHRISTIANITY; The Education of Annie Howe: Missionary Transformations in late Meiji Japan; R.Wollons; Idols and Art: Missionary Attitudes towards Indigenous Worship and the Material Culture on Nias, Indonesia, 1904-1920; M.Tjoa-Bonatz; The Virgin heads South: Northern Catholic Refugees and their Clergy in South Vietnam, 1954-64; P.Hansen; PART III. STATE AND RELIGIOUS ETHNICITY; The Making of Islamic Law: Local Elites and Colonial Authority in British Malaya; I.Hussin; Christian Conversion and Ethnic Identity in East Kalimantan; J.Connolly; Recasting Religion and Ethnicity: Tourism and Socialism in Northern Sichuan, 1992-2005; D.Sutton PART IV: NEW MEDIA AND NEW RELIGION; Japanese media and Manchurian Cultural Community: Religion in the Shengjing Times, 1907-1944; T.DuBois; Showing Faith: Exhibiting Omoto to Consumers in Early Twentieth Century Japan; N.Stalker; Afterword: Questioning faiths? Casting doubts; O.Salemink.