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Religions In India And China Today

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In this chapter, the author argues that Buddhism has always been just as political as all the other religions. Departing from this cautionary note about religion and politics, the chapter focuses on two elements of the current situation in Asia and their historical genesis, the nation-state and religious movements. The first deals with the governance of religious difference and the nature of state intervention in society. Its main theme will be the violent production of national identity in the religious field. The second deals with the development of religious movements within a political field that stretches beyond the nation-state. Its main theme will be the spread of spiritual movements within and beyond the nation-state. The chapter focuses on India and China within a comparative framework without developing a systematic comparison.

Keywords: Buddhism; China; comparative framework; India; religious movements



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