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By Vincent Goossaert, David A. Palmer

Recent events—from strife in Tibet and the quick development of Christianity in China to the striking enlargement of chinese language Buddhist businesses round the globe—vividly reveal that one can't comprehend the trendy chinese language international with out attending heavily to the query of faith. The spiritual query in sleek China highlights parallels and contrasts among historic occasions, political regimes, and cultural routine to discover how faith has challenged and replied to secular chinese language modernity, from 1898 to the present.

Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer piece jointly the puzzle of faith in China no longer via taking a look individually at various religions in numerous contexts, yet through writing a unified tale of ways faith has formed, and in flip been formed through, smooth chinese language society. From chinese language medication and the martial arts to communal temple cults and revivalist redemptive societies, the authors reveal that from the 19th century onward, because the chinese language country shifted, the spiritual panorama always resurfaced in a bewildering number of previous and new kinds. The non secular query in glossy China integrates old, anthropological, and sociological views in a finished evaluate of China’s spiritual historical past that's guaranteed to turn into an indispensible reference for experts and scholars alike.

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