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Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Asia

Series: ARI - Springer Asia Series, Vol. 4

Finucane, Juliana, Feener, R. Michael (Eds.)

2014, XIV, 269 p. 1 illus.

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  • Focused on the theme of proselytizing and its tensions within fields of religious pluralism
  • Covers a broad range of national and confessional contexts across Asia
  • Integrates relevant discussions of trans-nationalism and social movements with its studies of religious propagation and pluralism​

This volume brings together a range of critical studies that explore diverse ways in which processes of globalization pose new challenges and offer new opportunities for religious groups to propagate their beliefs in contemporary Asian contexts. Proselytizing tests the limits of religious pluralism, as it is a practice that exists on the border of tolerance and intolerance. The practice of proselytizing presupposes not only that people are freely-choosing agents and that religion itself is an issue of individual preference. At the same time, however, it also raises fraught questions about belonging to particular communties and heightens the moral stakes in involved in such choices. In many contemporary Asian societies, questions about the limits of acceptable proselytic behavior have taken on added urgency in the current era of globalization. Recognizing this, the studies brought together here serve to develop our uderstandings of current developments as it critically explores the complex ways in which contemporary contexts of religious pluralism in Asia both enable, and are threatened by, projects of proselytization.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Challenges for religious groups - Limits of religious pluralism - Opportunities for religious groups - Practice of proselytizing - Propogating religion in Asia - Proselytism - Proselytizing in Asia - Religious pluralism in Asia

Related subjects » Religious Studies

Table of contents 

Preface and Acknowledgments   Juliana Finucane

  1. Official Religions, State Secularisms, and the Structures of Religious Pluralism   R. Michael Feener
  2. Proselytization, Religious Diversity and the State in Indonesia: The Offense of Deceiving a Child to Change Religion   Melissa Crouch
  3. Conversion and Controversy: Reshaping the Boundaries of Malaysian Pluralism  Sophie Lemière    
  4. The Tablighi Jama`at in West Papua, Indonesia: The Impact of a Lay Missionary Movement in a Plural Multi-religious and Multi-ethnic setting Farish A. Noor
  5. Religious Learning Circles and Da`wa: The Modalities of Educated Bangladeshi Women Preaching Islam  Samia Huq
  6. Proselytizing, Peacework, and Public Relations: Soka Gakkai’s commitment to Interreligious Harmony in Singapore   Juliana Finucane
  7. Pluralist Secularism and the Displacements of Christian Proselytizing in Singapore   Daniel PS Goh
  8. Performing Identities: State-ISKCON Interactions in Singapore   Rodney Sebastian
  9. “We Are Not a Religion”: Secularization and Religious Territoriality of the Yiguan Dao (Unity Way) in Singapore   Francis Khek Gee Lim
  10. From Diasporic to Ecumenical: The Buddhist Tzu Chi (Ciji) Movement in Malaysia   C. Julia Huang    
  11. Conversion and Anti-Conversion in Contemporary Sri Lanka: Pentecostal Christian Evangelism and Theravada Buddhist Views on the Ethics of Religious Attraction   Neena Mahadev
  12. Pluralism and its Discontents: Buddhism and Proselytizing in Modern China   Francesca Tarocco

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