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Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan

Hans Martin Krämer

Abstract

Religion is at the heart of ongoing political debates in Japan such as the constitutionality of official government visits to Yasukuni Shrine, yet the categories that frame these debates, religion and the secular, entered the Japanese language less than 150 years ago. This book shows that religion and the secular were critically reconceived in Japan by Japanese who had their own interests and traditions as well as those received in their encounters with the West. It argues that by the mid-nineteenth century developments outside of Europe and North America were already part of a global process ... More

Keywords: Japanese religion, secular, Shimaji Mokurai, Buddhist priest, shūkyō, True Pure Land Buddhist, Meiji government, religious policy, Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824851538
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851538.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Martin Krämer, author
University of Heidelberg