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Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities

Anna Sun


Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? This book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion. The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Müller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of “world religions” and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. The book shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, world religion, comparative religion, contemporary China, ritual practice, Confucian temples, Chinese government, Confucian activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155579
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Sun, author
Kenyon College