Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies · How Should We Use the Chinese Past? With Leigh Jenco In the West, we often consider Western philosophical discourse to have a degree
This book explores the modern recategorization of religious practices and people and examines how state power affected the religious lives and physical order of local communities. It also looks at how politicians conceived of their own ritual role in an era when authority was meant to derive from popular sovereignty.
James Robson’s analysis of the importance of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue) to the imperial cult and how this critical space was negotiated by Daoists and Buddhists demonstrates the value of local studies and the emerging field of Buddho–Daoist studies in research on Chinese religion.
This groundbreaking study explores this underappreciated aspect of Chinese political life by investigating rainmaking activities organized or conducted by local officials in the Qing dynasty; using a wide variety of primary sources, this study explains how and why state rainmaking became a prominent feature of the late imperial religious landscape.
This book explores the Daoist encounter with modernity through the activities of Chen Yingning (1880–1969), a famous lay Daoist master, and his group in early twentieth-century Shanghai.