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A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day.
William E. Deal is Severance Professor of the History of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and Associate Director for Digital Humanities at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. He is the author of Theory for Religious Studies (with Timothy K. Beal, 2005) and Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (2006).
Brian Ruppert is Associate Professor of Japanese Religions at the University of Illinois, where he is a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Religion. A program committee member of the Association for Asian Studies, his publications include Jewel in the Ashes: Buddha Relics and Power in Early Medieval Japan (2000) and "Buddhism in Japan" (Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed., 2005).