Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

15. Why the Concept of “World Religion” Has Survived in Japan: On the Japanese Reception of Max Weber’s Comparative Religion

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Satoko Fujiwara
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University of Tokyo
Satoko Fujiwara is Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Letters, at the University of Tokyo. Her related Publications include “Problems of Teaching about Religion in Japan: Another Textbook Controversy against Peace?,” in R. Jackson and S. Fujiwara eds., Peace Education and Religious Plurality: International Perspectives (Routledge, 2008), and Religions in Textbooks: Religious Education that Is Not Supposed to Exist in Japan (in Japanese, Iwanami, 2011).

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This chapter deals with a hitherto unnoticed fact that the concept of ‘world religion,’ which is outdated in many Western countries, is still popular in the Japanese academia and education field. Rather than simply arguing that Japanese scholars are ‘behind,’ I will attribute the fact to the academic/educational/social roles of comparative religion in Japan, which are different from those in Western countries, with a special focus upon Weberian legacies.

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Fujiwara, Satoko. 15. Why the Concept of “World Religion” Has Survived in Japan: On the Japanese Reception of Max Weber’s Comparative Religion. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 193-205 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28102. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28102. Feb 2016

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