Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and Transformations of Modernity

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Dennis Dennis Charles Washburn, A. Kevin Reinhart
BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 507 pages
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This volume fundamentally improves our understanding of processes like the secularization of society, and the growth of mass ideological movements, by looking upon these "transformations to modernity" as a species of conversion akin to "religious conversion," The geographical areas covered by the contributors-the Ottoman domain, India, China, and Japan-provide striking examples of the dynamic force of conversion as a reaction to the tremendous pressures exerted by colonialism and imperialism and by the types of transformations constitutive of modernity.
 

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Contents

EDUCATION MEDIA AND MASS MOVEMENTS
113
TRANSLATING MODERN IDENTITY
233
HYBRIDITY AND THE PROBLEM OF SINCERITY
365

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Dennis C. Washburn, Ph.D (1991) in Japanese Literature, Yale University, is Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. He is the author of several studies and translations including Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity (Columbia, 2006).A. Kevin Reinhart, Ph.D (1986) from the Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University, is Associate Professor in the Religion Department, Dartmouth College. He has published on Islamic law, theology and ethics, and on late Ottoman-period Islam.

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