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Confucianism as a World Religion:
Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities
Anna Sun

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: Confusions over Confucianism 1
Part I: The Puzzle of Classification: How Did Confucianism Become a World Religion?
Chapter 1: Four Controversies over the Religious Nature of Confucianism: A Brief History of Confucianism 17
Chapter 2: The Making of a World Religion: Confucianism and the Emergence of Comparative Religion as a Discipline in the Nineteenth Century 45
Chapter 3: The Confucianism as a Religion Controversy in Contemporary China 77
Part II: The Problem of Methodology: Who Are the Confucians in China?
Chapter 4: Confucianism as a World Religion: The Legitimation of a New Paradigm 97
Chapter 5: Counting Confucians through Social Scientific Research 110
Chapter 6: To Become a Confucian: A New Conceptual Framework 120
Part III: The Reality of Practices: Is Confucianism a Religion in China Today?
Chapter 7: The Emerging Voices of Women in the Revival of Confucianism 137
Chapter 8: The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices 153
Chapter 9: The Politics of the Future of Confucianism 173
Notes 185
Bibliography 215
Index 233

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