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Casting Faiths

Imperialism and the Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia

  • Thomas David DuBois

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia—Paradigmatic Change in Regional Perspective

  3. Orientalism and the Western Recasting of Buddhism

  4. Mission and Meaning in Christianity

  5. State and Religious Ethnicity

  6. New Media and New Religion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 264-271

About this book


How did European imperialism shape the ideas and practices of religion in East and Southeast Asia? Casting Faiths brings together eleven scholars to show how Western law, governance, education and mission shaped the basic understanding of what religion is, and what role it should play in society.


imperialism Indonesia Japan law material culture media socialism Vietnam

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas David DuBois
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingapore

About the editors

THOMAS DUBOIS is Associate Professor of History at National University of Singapore. He is the author of The Sacred Village: Social Change and Religious Life in Rural North China (Hawaii, 2005), as well as articles in the American Historical Review, East Asian History, History and Theory, and the Law and History Review.

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