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Sacred Tensions : Modernity and Religious Transformation in Malaysia - Raymond L. Lee

Sacred Tensions

Modernity and Religious Transformation in Malaysia

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Dynamic religious and social change in a country that exemplifies religious multiplicity

Despite predictions that the contemporary world with its secular trends would eventually turn religion into an anachronism, at no time in modern history has religion been more vibrant and intense than now. In Sacred Tendons Raymond L. M. Lee and Susan E. Ackerman consider this resurgence of religion, particularly the resurgence of charismatic practices, in light of the importance of modernity, rationalism, and bureaucracy. The authors look specifically at the relation between secularization and religion in Malaysia, which serves as a crossroads of the world religions.

Lee and Ackerman suggest that Malaysia's rapidly modernizing society offers an ideal setting in which to study the dynamics of religious and social change. They examine the development and practice of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, and from their analyses provide insight about how established and charismatic religions fit into the framework of modernization and secularization throughout the world.

General Editor's Preface
Preface
Religion and the Ambiguities of Modernityp. 1
Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysiap. 15
Religio in Imperium: Islam and the Malay Statep. 28
In Search for Nirvana: Reformism and Charisma in Buddhist Revitalizationp. 57
The Lance and the Lotus: Passion and Devotion in the Hindu Questp. 89
The Empowerment of Marginality: From Rational Knowledge to Organized Ecstasy in Christianityp. 114
Rebirth of the Godsp. 134
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 171
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781570031670
ISBN-10: 1570031673
Series: Studies in Comparative Religion
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5