Member book, Shani and Kibe, Religion and Nationalism in Asia

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Dear colleagues,
I am delighted to inform you that the following book has been published and is now available in paperback. 

Giorgio Shani and Takashi Kibe (eds). Religion and Nationalism in Asia London: Routledge. ISBN 9780367777425. April 1, 2021 pbk. 214 pages. 

The book re-examines the relationship between religion and nationalism in a contemporary Asian context, with a focus on East, South and South East Asia a century after Rabindranath Tagore's lectures warned of the perils of nationalism in the midst of the First World War. Addressing empirical, analytical, and normative questions, it analyses selected case studies from across Asia, including China, India, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka and compares the differences and commonalities between the diverse configurations of nationalism and religion across the continent. It then goes on to explain reasons for the regional religious resurgence and asks, is the nation-state model, aligned with secularism, suitable for the region? Exploring the two interrelated issues of legacies and possibilities, this book also examines the relationship between nationalism and modernity, identifying possible and desirable trajectories which go beyond existing configurations of nationalism and religion. Bringing together a stellar line up of contributors in the field, Religion and Nationalism in Asia will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian religion and politics as well as sociology, ethnicity, nationalism and comparative politics.
Table of Contents

Introduction: Legacies and Possibilities Giorgio Shani and Takashi Kibe  

1. Tagore and the Conception of Critical Nationalism  Sudipta Kaviraj

2. Midnight’s Children: Religion and Nationalism in South Asia Giorgio Shani

3. Articulations of Religiously-Motivated Nationalism within Philippine Catholicism: A Critical Assessment Manuel Sapitula

4. Reconsidering the Relation between ‘Sectarianism’ and Nationalism in the Middle East Fanar Haddad

5. The Irony of Secular Nation-Building in Japanese Modernity: Inoue Kowashi and Fukuzawa Yukichi  Takashi Kibe

6. Buddhism, Cosmology, and Great East Asian Co-prosperity Area: Multiculturalism and Nationalism in the Pre-war period Japan Kosuke Shimizu

7. Political modernity in East Asia: Religion, nationalism and subversion of imperialism  Atsuko Ichijo

8. Religious Nationalism with Non-domination: Ahn Changho's Cosmopolitan Patriotism Jun-Hyeok Kwak

9. The Structural Problem of Religious Freedom in China: Towards a Confucian-Christian Synthesis Zhibin Xie

10. Augustine’s Critique of Religious Identity and Its Implications for the Chinese Church Wei Hua

11. Post-Chinese Reconnections through Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism Chih-yu Shih

12. Conclusion Giorgio Shani and Takashi Kibe


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