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Jørn Borup

Managing and Negotiating Asian Religious Unities and Diversities

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Religious diversity has emerged as a new scholarly field, but historically, and especially beyond a Western sphere, religious diversity has been the norm of most lived religion. As such, a focus on diversity is a perspective revealing monolithic traditions as particular and constructed, rather than universal and essential. Diversity has been used in emic frameworks for discursive and institutional legitimation. Religious traditions have oscillated between different types of diversities and unities in strategic identification and authority narratives. This article will present examples of such inter- and intra-religious unity and diversity representations from Asian (Buddhist, Hindu, Chinese and Japanese) philosophical and sociological contexts in a historical and comparative perspective. While acknowledging post-orientalist theories and critical discourse analyses, it also discusses the importance of seeing such negotiations of diversities as quintessential ingredients of lived religion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity
EditorsLene Kühle, William Hoverd, Jørn Borup
Number of pages19
Place of publicationLeiden, Boston
Publication yearJun 2018
ISBN (print)9789004367098
ISBN (Electronic)9789004367111
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
SeriesInternational Studies in Religion and Society

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