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New and Published Books

  1. Building Temples in China

    Memories, Tourism and Identities

    By Selina Ching Chan, Graeme Lang

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Much has been written on how temples are constructed or reconstructed for reviving local religious and communal life or for recycling tradition after the market reforms in China. The dynamics between the state and society that lie behind the revival of temples and religious practices initiated by...

    Published February 24th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Indian Thought and Western Theism

    The Vedanta of Ramanuja

    By Martin Ganeri

    Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series

    The encounter between the West and India in the modern period has also been an encounter between Western modernity and the traditions of classical Indian thought. This book is the study of one aspect this encounter, that between Western scholasticism and one classical Indian tradition of religious...

    Published February 18th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Tantric Visual Culture

    A Cognitive Approach

    By Sthaneshwar Timalsina

    Series: Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions

    Indian culture relies greatly on visual expression, and this book uses both classical Indian and contemporary Western philosophies and current studies on cognitive sciences, and applies them to contextualize Tantric visual culture. The work selects aspects of Tantric language and the practice of...

    Published February 11th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition

    Salvific Space

    By Knut A. Jacobsen

    Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series

    Salvific space is one of the central ideas in the Hindu traditions of pilgrimage, and concerns the ability of space, especially sites associated with bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, to grant salvific rewards. Focusing on religious, historical and sociological questions about the...

    Published February 8th 2015 by Routledge

  5. Buddhism in Australia

    Traditions in Change

    Edited by Cristina Rocha, Michelle Barker

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The number of Buddhists in Australia has grown dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of Australia's population, almost doubling the 1996 figures, and making it the fastest growing religion in the country. This book analyses the arrival and localisation of...

    Published February 8th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora

    Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

    By Ana Cristina O. Lopes

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The imperialist ambitions of China – which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s – have sparked the spectacular spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. The...

    Published December 16th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia

    Collaborations and Collisions

    Edited by Ivette M. Vargas-O'Bryan, Zhou Xun

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy

    Recent academic and medical initiatives have highlighted the benefits of studying culturally embedded healing traditions that incorporate religious and philosophical viewpoints to better understand local and global healing phenomena. Capitalising on this trend, the present volume looks at the...

    Published December 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  8. Introducing Anthropology of Religion

    Culture to the Ultimate, 2nd Edition

    By Jack David Eller

    This clear and engaging guide introduces students to key areas of the field and shows how to apply an anthropological approach to the study of religion in the contemporary world. Written by an experienced teacher, it covers major traditional topics including definitions, theories and beliefs as...

    Published November 19th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Women in Pali Buddhism

    Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

    By Pascale Engelmajer

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The Pali tradition presents a diverse and often contradictory picture of women. This book examines women’s roles as they are described in the Pali canon and its commentaries. Taking into consideration the wider socio-religious context and drawing from early brahmanical literature and epigraphical...

    Published October 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  10. Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology

    A History of Reception in Premodern India

    By Ajay K. Rao

    Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series

    The Ramayana of Valmiki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic’s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of...

    Published October 12th 2014 by Routledge