Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hans Martin Krämer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851538

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 04 June 2020

Categorizing Religion in Early Modern Japan

Categorizing Religion in Early Modern Japan

(p.21) 1 Categorizing Religion in Early Modern Japan
Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Hans Martin Krämer

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes how umbrella terms for those institutions and bodies of knowledge and belief that later came to be called religions were conceptualized during the early modern period (ca. 1550 to 1868). The encounter with Christianity led Japanese intellectuals, especially those of Buddhist persuasion, to rethink their categorizations of intellectual traditions and to consider the emergence of a new category that would clearly comprise Christianity and Buddhism as its dual prototypes, with somewhat unclear boundaries with Confucianism, Shinto, and other institutionalized practices. Of equal importance was the religious policy of the new Tokugawa government (established in 1603): its ban on Christianity and its reordering of Buddhist temple affiliations had a great impact on the conceptual grasp of institutionalized religions in Japan.

Keywords:   early modern Japan, Tokugawa government, Christianity, Buddhism, institutionalized religions, Tokugawa, religious policy

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.