Thaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil Diaspora by Vadivella Belle, Carl
In Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora, the author argues that many scholars who had written about Thaipusam in Malaysia had constructed interpretations of the festivals and the associated forms of worship (especially the kavadi ritual) which suggested their own rationales for Thaipusam. It was contended that each of these analyses was superficially convincing, but when subject to close examination relied upon ethnographies that were far from complete. In treating Thaipusam as sui generis, these scholars had failed to situate either the festival or the kavadi ritual within a sufficiently broad cultural or comparative framework. The main objective of this study has been to closely examine Thaipusam from the "inside", as it were, and to trace the layers of meaning and the recondite vocabularies of this multifaceted and complex festival in terms of its continuing relevance to Malaysian Hindus. He concludes that far from being a cultural aberration, a product of time, place and the peculiar circumstances of Hindu Malaysians, Thaipusam is constructed from deep-rooted elements of South Indian culture, and can only be fully comprehended by locating it within Tamil history, philosophies and belief structures, and in particular those associated with the Tamil deity Murugan.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum Tua by Norshahril Saat
Many scholars on Malaysia have recognized that Salafism-Wahhabism has penetrated substantially into the country's political and social life. The southern state of Johor has always been considered, and remains, the bastion of kaum tua, with its religious institutions dominated by ulama (religious scholars) who are traditionalist in character but tolerant of religious practices that are infused with local culture and mysticism. These scholars have also tended to maintain conservative attitudes on gender issues, inter-religious relations, and intra-faith differences. The Sultan of Johor appoints the Mufti whose primary role is to issue fatwas (religious rulings) and be the ex-officio of the Johor Islamic Religious Council, the highest Islamic body in the state. Johors Muftis are dominantly political quietists, and loyal to the ruling family. Occasional interventions by the Sultan of Johor in the religious sphere have proved crucial in ensuring that the state maintains its Malay character. The Sultan also acts to protect the states religious institutions from encroachment by the federal government.
Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z by Xinzhong Yao (Ed.)
The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, introduces Confucianism as a whole, with 1,235 entries giving full information on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the adaptation, transformation and new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries. An indispensable source for further study and research for students and scholars.
National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto by Holtom, D. C.
This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom outlines the way in which traditional Shinto - unorganised and neglected at the time of the Meiji Restoration - was subsequently used by the new government as a force for reunifying the country through 'integrating the national mind and glorifying the national destiny'. Following the legal separation of state and sect Shinto in 1882, Holtom shows how state Shinto grew steadily with the growth of modern Japan, becoming in his words 'a factor that could not be safely overlooked in making an inventory of the important items involved in the extension of Japanese political control and cultural influence on the Asiatic Continent and elsewhere'.
New History Of Christianity In China by Bays, Daniel H.
A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. It provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history; traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion; contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics; offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today; and contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging.
Justice Demand, The: Social Justice & The Singapore Church by Wong, Ronald Jj
Where is social justice in the Gospel? Where is social justice in the Church? These are the two main questions this book seeks to explore. Through the recount of the author's journey of discovering social justice in the Bible, on the streets of Singapore, in the long history of the Singapore and global Church, a survey of local Christians and interviews with Christian justice-seekers and pastors, this book challenges the Singapore Church, as God's Kingdom community, to reclaim biblical social justice as an integral facet of living the Gospel and manifesting God's Kingdom.
Charismatic Monks Of Lanna Buddhism by Cohen, Paul T. (Ed.)
Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian 'Buddha-land'. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar. The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites. Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.
Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)
This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.
Al-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For Lights by Al-Ghazali
This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur'an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of "Light", another on symbolic language in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.
This Law Of Ours And Other Essays by Muhamad Asad
The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a "one man's journal", a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.
Chronicler, The: One Man's Diary On Life by Koh Chye Hock
The unexamined life is not worth living," declared Socrates. In this collective journal, Koh Chye Hock opens the window of his mind as he distils for readers what he believes constitutes a purposeful, meaningful life, based on his 35 years of observing his own life, and others'. Succinct, perspicuous and provocative, the rich array of 225 aphorisms - on life valleys, plains and highlands - will set you thinking, contemplating and envisioning about your own life, and what it could potentially be. Readers will also be captivated by the life of Chye, who grew up as an orphan in the quiet town of Ipoh, Malaysia, to become a successful corporate lawyer in a multinational firm. Live an examined life. The Chronicler will unquestionably evoke your innermost voice, yearning for the profoundest human essence.
Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Sacks, Jonathan
In this powerful and timely book Jonathan Sacks tackles the thorny issue of violence committed in the name of God - and draws on arguments from science, philosophy and many other disciplines to show how religion, rightly understood, is hardwired to be part of the solution, not just the problem.
108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2 by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Yes, it's time for another grab of the proverbial apple! A modern Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has used social media to reach out and inspire many through his profound teachings. In 108 ways to grab my Apples 2, Tsem Rinpoche shares more nuggets of wisdom specially selected from his vast social media output. In his typical direct and down-to-earth style, Tsem Rinpoche dispenses practical advice on everyday matters, such as work, attitudes, responsibility, the environment and kindness amongst others. Most importantly, he guides us how to change our lives for the better - sometimes by simply taking on a different perspective.
Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And Zen by Greenblat, Rodney Alan Musho
Abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses light-hearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, "Dharma Delight" illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment what it is, where to seek it and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners, sutras, Bodhisattvas and jataka tales are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read.
Traces Of The Sage: Monument, Materiality And The First Temple Of Confucius by Flath, James A.
The Temple of Confucius in Qufu is the definitive monument to the world's greatest sage. Traces of the Sage is the first comprehensive account of the history and material culture of the temple. Following the temple's development through time and across space, it relates architecture to the practice of Confucianism, explains the temple's phenomenal perseverance, and explores the culture of building in China. Other chapters consider the problem of Confucian heritage conservation and development over the last hundred years - a period when the validity of Confucianism has been called into question - and the challenge of remaking Confucian heritage as a commercial enterprise.
Muslims In Western Europe by Otterbeck, Jonas; Jorgen Nielsen
This introduction to the story of Muslims in Western Europe describes their early history and outlines the causes and courses of modern Muslim immigration. It explains how Muslim communities have developed in individual countries, their origins, present-day ethnic composition, distribution and organisational patterns, and the political, legal and cultural contexts in which they exist are explored. There is also a comparative consideration of issues common to Muslims in all Western European countries including the role of the family, and the questions of worship, education and religious thought.
Bible And Literature, The: The Basics by Jones, Norman W.
The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature - even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible's influence on a broad range of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures from a variety of historical periods. This book explains why readers need a basic knowledge of the Bible in order to understand and appreciate key aspects of Anglophone literary traditions.
New Threat, The: From Islamic Militancy by Burke, Jason
In this book, renowned expert and prize-winning reporter Jason Burke provides the clearest and most comprehensive guide to Islamic militancy today. From Syria to Somalia, from Libya to Indonesia, from Yemen to the capitals of Europe, Islamic militancy appears stronger, more widespread and more threatening than ever. Drawing on almost two decades of frontline reporting as well as a vast range of sources, from intelligence officials to the militants themselves, renowned expert Jason Burke cuts through the mass of opinion and misinformation to explain dispassionately and with total clarity the nature of the threat we now face. He shows that Islamic militancy has changed dramatically in recent years.
Roots Of Religious Extremism, The: Understanding The Salafi Doctrine Of Al-Wala' Wal Bara' by Mohamed Bin Ali
One of the issues in contemporary Islamic thought which has attracted considerable attention amongst Muslim scholars and within the Muslim community is the valid and appropriate attitude of Muslims to relationships with non-Muslims. A major source of confusion and controversy with regards to this relationship comes from the allegation that Muslims must reserve their love and loyalty for fellow Muslims, and reject and declare war on the rest of humanity - most acutely seen through the Islamic concept of Al-Wala' wal Bara' (WB) translated as "Loyalty and Disavowal", which appears to be central in the ideology of modern Salafism. This book investigates the dynamics and complexities of the concept of WB within modern Salafism and aims to understand the diverse interpretation of this concept; and how modern Salafis understand and apply the concept in contemporary religious, social and political settings.
50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer by Burnett, Eric
You might have thought you left behind the world of high anxiety testing the moment you donned your commencement robe and cap, and accepted your diploma on a stage far, far away. Ahhh…the naivete of youth. But as you will walk deeper into the adult world, you will realize that it will be life's questions that will truly kick you in the arse. Using stories from history, psychology, economics, literature, and a lifetime of answering incorrectly, Eric Burnett throws out the key questions all graduates must face, while giving them the ammunition they'll need to choose wisely. Along the way, he might leave you second-guessing a few of the choices you've already made, while spurring you to ponder what questions didn't make the cut.