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Chinese Religious Life

David A. Palmer, Glenn Shive, and Philip L. Wickeri


This book introduces Chinese religious life and practice in its cultural, social and political context. It is designed for the general reader, written by an international team of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Popular Religion, Christianity, and Islam are treated not as distinct systems, but as cultural and religious expressions interwoven in the Chinese context. The emphasis is on religious practice, not doctrines or beliefs. Each chapter treats a different aspect of religion in Chinese public life, and the authors discuss the ways in which religion is ... More

Keywords: religion, religious practice, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chinese Communism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, popular religion, Christianity, Islam

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Palmer, editor
Hong Kong University
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Glenn Shive, editor
Hong Kong America Center

Philip L. Wickeri, editor
San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union (UC Berkeley)

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Philip L. Wickeri

Part I Ways of Being Religious in the Chinese World

1 Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis

Lizhu Fan and James D. Whitehead

3 The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities

Philip L. Wickeri and Yik-fai Tam

Part II Religion, Culture, and Society

6 Gender and Sexuality

C. Julia Huang, Elena Valussi, and David A. Palmer

8 Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil Society

André Laliberté, David A. Palmer, and Keping Wu

Part III Religion, Politics, and the Economy

Part IV Global Perspectives