A follow-up to Early Chinese Religion (Brill, 2009-10), Modern Chinese Religion focuses on the third period of paradigm shift in Chinese cultural and religious history, from the Song to the Yuan (960-1368 AD). As in the earlier periods, political division gave urgency to the invention of new models that would then remain dominant for six centuries. Defining religion as “value systems in practice”, this multi-disciplinary work shows the processes of rationalization and interiorization at work in the rituals, self-cultivation practices, thought, and iconography of elite forms of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, as well as in medicine. At the same time, lay Buddhism, Daoist exorcism, and medium-based local religion contributed each in its own way to the creation of modern popular religion.
With contributions by Juhn Ahn, Bai Bin, Chen Shuguo, Patricia Ebrey, Michael Fuller, Mark Halperin, Susan Huang, Dieter Kuhn, Nap-yin Lau, Fu-shih Lin, Pierre Marsone, Matsumoto Kôichi, Joseph McDermott, Tracy Miller, Julia Murray, Ong Chang Woei, Fabien Simonis, Dan Stevenson, Curie Virag, Michael Walsh, Linda Walton, Yokote Yutaka, Zhang Zong
John Lagerwey, Ph.D. (1975), Harvard University, is Professor of Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is co-editor of Early Chinese Religion (Brill, 2009-10) and author of China, a religious state (HKU, 2010).
Pierre Marsone, Ph.D. (2001), Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), is Directeur d'études at the EPHE and author of Wang Chongyang et la fondation du Quanzhen: ascètes taoïstes et alchimie intérieure (Paris, Collège de France, 2010) and La Steppe et l'Empire: la formation de la dynastie Khitan (Liao)(Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2011).
"essential reading for anyone interested in Chinese society.(...) there is a great deal of new information here, new insights, and sustenance for future scholarly debates." - David Holm, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Religious Studies Review 44/4 (2018).
Students and scholars of early modern China, especially of its religious and cultural history; anyone interested in the relationship between religion and the state in pre-modern times.