The Invention of Japanese Religions

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TitleThe Invention of Japanese Religions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJosephson, J. Ā.
JournalReligion Compass
Volume5
Issue10
Pagination589–597
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN1749-8171
Abstract

In recent years, the academic study of religion has begun to challenge the usefulness of the concept of ‘religion’ itself. This article examines the extension of this critical turn to the issue of Japanese religion. It traces the history of the invention of Japanese religions as conceptual categories and discusses debates about the continuities and discontinuities of ‘religion’ (shūkyō) in Japan. Finally, it surveys the Japanese invention of ‘religion’ as a legal and political category.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8171.2011.00307.x
DOI10.1111/j.1749-8171.2011.00307.x