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This article provides an in-depth study of two occultist journals published in France at the turn of the twentieth century, namely, La Voie and La Gnose. Although ultimately commercially unsuccessful, both journals proved to be very important in the development of the influential esotericist René Guénon (1886–1951). Through a detailed analysis of all issues, it is shown how both journals initiated their publication as house organs of a neo-Gnostic organisation (the Gnostic Church of France), but soon moved to “Eastern” themes such as East Asian religions or Islam. In conclusion, it is argued that the history of these two journals is evidence of the “logic of bricolage” employed by occultists in their quest for religious meaning in the age of European Colonialism.

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In: Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies
In: A Bibliography of Islamic Criminal Law, Supplement
In: A Bibliography of Islamic Criminal Law, Supplement
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In: Journal of Chinese Theology
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In: Journal of Chinese Theology
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This paper asks how moral governance [dezhi 德治] infrastructure has expanded under Xi Jinping. The Xi leadership has designed this expansion by framing moral governance activity within what it calls the Three Governances (law-based governance, moral governance and self-governance), which, in turn sits under the Chinese Communist Party Political-Legal Committee’s social governance regime. Moral governance has expanded as part of the Xi leadership’s efforts to enhance the Party’s governance capacity-building in the area of social governance in three main ways: through ideology, social governance plans, and community engagement. The Party has broadened the boundaries of what elements of social relations it considers risky or capable of inducing social disorder, and in so doing, it has broadened the boundaries of its response to its own perceived expansion of risks. The Party has integrated moral governance into its overall comprehensive social governance ambitions to enhance its capacity to securitize the grassroots, which is the Xi leadership’s number one governance priority.

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In: China Law and Society Review
In: International Journal of Divination and Prognostication
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Chance was an important concept in both early China and Greece. But what in a contemporary context is a largely value-neutral scientific concept arose in ethical, philosophical, and political contexts in these two cultures, and took very different forms in each. I examine four examples that demonstrate important differences in philosophical, ethical and political concepts and also in social institutions. I argue that Chinese and Greek ideas of chance did not receive extensive scientific development, but they fundamentally informed their respective cultures in ways that were important and very different from each other: Greek ideas of quality under law and Chinese ideas of sagacity and effective rule.

In: International Journal of Divination and Prognostication
In: International Journal of Divination and Prognostication