Edited by Galen Amstutz

Pure Land was one of the main fields of mythopoesis and discourse among the Asian Buddhist traditions, and in Japan of central cultural importance from the Heian period right up to the present. However, its range, inconsistency, variability, and complexity have tended to be misevaluated. The pieces reproduced in this set, organized both chronologically and thematically, have been chosen as linchpin works accentuating the diversity of what evolved under this heading of Buddhism. Special attention is given to the traps into which Western observers may fall, the role of the large True Pure Land ( Jōdoshinshū) school, and the richness of Tokugawa and twentieth-century developments. These selections of previously published articles will serve as an essential starting-point for anyone interested in this perhaps underestimated area of Buddhist studies.

Dionysus on the Other Shore

Gao Xingjian's Theatre of the Tragic


Letizia Fusini

Finding Allies and Making Revolution

The Early Years of the Chinese Communist Party

Tony Saich


Tzvi Abusch

Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures, religions, and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is the large corpus of magical and medical texts directed against witchcraft. The most important of these texts is the Akkadian series Maqlû (“Burning”).

This volume offers a collection of studies on Mesopotamian witchcraft and Maqlû written subsequent to the appearance of the author’s 2002 collection of studies on witchcraft (Brill, 2002). Many of the studies reprinted here take a diachronic approach to individual incantations and rituals and attempt to solve textual difficulties using literary-critical and/or text-critical approaches.

Translation at Work

Chinese Medicine in the First Global Age


Edited by Harold J. Cook

During the first period of globalization medical ideas and practices originating in China became entangled in the medical activities of other places, sometimes at long distances. They produced effects through processes of alteration once known as translatio, meaning movements in place, status, and meaning. The contributors to this volume examine occasions when intermediaries responded creatively to aspects of Chinese medicine, whether by trying to pass them on or to draw on them in furtherance of their own interests. Practitioners in Japan, at the imperial court, and in early and late Enlightenment Europe therefore responded to translations creatively, sometimes attempting to build bridges of understanding that often collapsed but left innovation in their wake.

Contributors are Marta Hanson, Gianna Pomata, Beatriz Puente Ballesteros, Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Margaret Garber, Daniel Trambaiolo, and Motoichi Terada.

Visualizing Coregency

An Exploration of the Link between Royal Image and Co-Rule during the Reign of Senwosret III and Amenemhet III


Lisa Saladino Haney

In Visualizing Coregency, Lisa Saladino Haney explores the practice of co-rule during Egypt’s 12th Dynasty and the role of royal statuary in expressing the dynamics of shared power. Though many have discussed coregencies, few have examined how such a concept was expressed visually. Haney presents both a comprehensive accounting of the evidence for coregency during the 12th Dynasty and a detailed analysis of the full corpus of royal statuary attributed to Senwosret III and Amenemhet III. This study demonstrates that by the reign of Senwosret III the central government had developed a wide-ranging visual, textual, and religious program that included a number of distinctive portrait types designed to convey the central political and cultural messages of the dynasty.

Geschichte Europas im Mittelalter

Aufbruch in die Vielfalt


Hubertus Seibert


Eine Rückfrage der Tradition an die fundamentaltheologische Vernunft

Andreas Matena

Im philosophisch geprägten Begründungsdiskurs der Fundamentaltheologie spielen die Leiber der Heiligen gegenwärtig keine Rolle, zu oft haftet an ihnen der Status des »Exotischen«. Der Verdacht liegt nahe, dass die »Krise der Reliquie« und ihre zunehmende Musealisierung zugleich eine »Krise des Leiblichen« im Christentum anzeigt, also auch ein Schlaglicht auf die Ernsthaftigkeit christologischer Diskurse wirft, auf die Frage nach der Gestalt der Erlösung zwischen Inkarnation communio sanctorum auf der einen sowie einer Ubiquität des Heiligen auf der anderen Seite.
Das Buch bringt die Tradition der Reliquien und die theologische Vernunft in ein Gespräch miteinander und versucht sich anhand der Krise der Reliquienverehrung an der theologischen Standortbestimmung eines Christentums zwischen Leiblichkeit und Mythos.


Sorge, Wahrheit, Technik

Sebastian Kirsch and Sebastian Kirsch


Religiöse Erfahrungen in deutschsprachiger Prosa der ästhetischen Moderne


Hendrick Heimböckel

Seit den frühen Schriftzeugnissen ist die religiöse Erfahrung ein wesentlicher Topos von Literatur: in kosmologischen und prophetischen Texten über philosophische Dialoge bis hin zu Epos, Drama und Lyrik.In der deutschsprachigen Prosa der Romantik zeichnet sich ein Funktionswandel von religiösen Erfahrungen ab, der sich durch die ästhetische Moderne zieht. Diesen Auswirkungen widmet sich die hier vorliegende Studie anhand der systematischen Analyse von Epiphanien in deutschsprachiger Prosa der Romantik und der 1920er bis 1950er Jahre.