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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.
- Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives
- Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture
- Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century
- Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship
- Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition
William E. Deal is Severance Associate Professor of the History of Religion in the Department of Religion at Case Western Reserve University, and Associate Director for Digital Humanities at 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).