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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