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An Introduction to Confucianism

An Introduction to Confucianism

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Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644303

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  • Taking into account the long history and wide range of Confucian Studies, this book introduces Confucianism - initiated in China by Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) - primarily as a philosophical and religious tradition. It pays attention to Confucianism in both the West and the East, focussing on the tradition's doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, but also stressing the adaptations, transformations and new thinking taking place in modern times. Xinzhong Yao presents Confucianism as a tradition with many dimensions and as an ancient tradition with contemporary appeal. This gives the reader a richer and clearer view of how Confucianism functioned in the past and of what it means in the present. A Chinese scholar based in the West, he draws together the many strands of Confucianism in a style accessible to students, teachers, and general readers interested in one of the world's major religious traditions.

    • Introduction to major world religious tradition by Chinese author based in the West
    • Joins highly successful sequence of such Introductions: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, sales totalling 50,000 copies to date
    • Accessible to students and general readers, with texbook potential enhanced by questions at the end of each chapter
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    "...solid and well-organized book..." Religious Studies Review

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    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644303
    • length: 361 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.589kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of illustrations
    Confucianism in history: chronological table
    Introduction: Confucian studies East and West
    1. Confucianism, Confucius and Confucian classics
    2. Evolution and transformation - a historical perspective
    3. The way of Confucianism
    4. Ritual and religious practice
    5. Confucianism and its modern relevance
    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Adv. Studies in Eastern Religions
    • Chinese Culture and Communication
    • Chinese Religions
    • Chinese Wisdom
    • Confucianism
    • Confucianism, Society, and Politics
    • Introduction to Chinese Civilization
    • Introduction to Eastern Religion
    • Mission in Global Context
    • World Religions
  • Author

    Xinzhong Yao, University of Wales, Lampeter

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