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

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"Confucianism as a World Religion adds important new dimensions to our knowledge of Confucianism, and Anna Sun effectively places her book at the intersection of historical and sociological research, an approach that will surely inspire future studies."--Hang Lin, Journal of Chinese Political Science


"This brilliant new book tells us how Confucianism became a world religion, and shows us how Western and Chinese scholars--responding to thousands of years of history and the pressures of the modern world--have understood this idea,d which is still very much in contest in today's China. This book is not only for those interested in East Asia, but for all who are trying to make sense of the world's great traditions."--Robert N. Bellah, author of Religion in Human Evolution

"I've often been asked if Confucianism is a religion and I could never give a clear answer. Now I know what to say: just read this book!"--Daniel A. Bell, Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University

"This exciting book deals with an exceedingly interesting, important, and timely topic--the curious history and ongoing cultural dynamics of Confucianism and its relation to the contested category of 'religion.' With China looming large economically, culturally, and geopolitically, the issue of a revived Confucianism as a crucial aspect of China's new post-Maoist cultural nationalism is fascinating."--Norman Girardot, Lehigh University

"The century-old question of Confucianism as a religion has aroused new and intense debates in China. Sun provides a revealing account of the history of the comparative religion field that intellectually constructed Confucianism as one of the world religions, and she looks at historical and contemporary developments. The archival research of this book is meticulous and sound."--Fenggang Yang, Purdue University

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