This entry collection features new research ideas, discoveries, and results relating to Asian religions. The geographic areas include but are not limited to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. With consideration of the theological, philosophical, and devotional complexity that most Asian religions share, this entry is open to a variety of themes and research methodologies. The themes covered in this entry collection explore major traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, and their sectarian developments and interaction with Western traditions such as Christianity and Islam. Possible topics are as follows: textual studies embracing both exegesis and eisegesis, ritual studies, philosophical reflections, the study of religiously inspired pop-culture such as manga and anime, comparative studies with Western counterparts, interdisciplinary discussions discovering the extended role and meaning of religion in society such as feminist, psychological, and sociological approaches, biographical essays of historically significant religious figures, the study of mysticism and folk religions, the historical survey of religious communities and movements, the discussion of the instrumentality of Asian religions in responding to contemporary issues, and the application and reevaluation of religious theories. This entry collection welcomes new ideas of all areas of research on Asian religions and particularly encourages innovative approaches to the old themes as well as theoretical development and expansion.
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