The matter of saṃgha-state relations is of central importance to both the political and the religious history of China. The volume
The Middle Kingdom and the Dharma Wheel brings together, for the first time, articles relating to this field covering a time span from the early Tang until the Qing dynasty. In order to portray also the remarkable thematic diversity of the field, each of the articles not only refers to a different time but also discusses a different aspect of the subject.
Contributors include: Chris Atwood, Chen Jinhua, Max Deeg, Barend ter Haar, Thomas Jülch, Albert Welter and Zhang Dewei.
Thomas Jülch, Ph.D. (2011), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, is research fellow at Ghent University. His publications focus on Buddhism and Daoism in medieval China. His main work is
Bodhisattva der Apologetik: die Mission des buddhistischen Tang-Mönchs Falin (Munich: Utz, 2014), 3 vols.
All interested in the history of Chinese Buddhism and the influence of Buddhism on the political history of China.