The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India

By: Peter Van Der Veer

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The Modern Spirit of Asia challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in unique and distinctive ways. Peter van der Veer begins with nineteenth-century imperial history, exploring how Western concepts of spirituality, secularity, religion, and magic were used to translate the traditions of India and China. He traces how modern Western notions of religion and magic were incorporated into the respective nation-building projects of Chinese and Indian nationalist intellectuals, yet how modernity in China and India is by no means uniform. While religion is a centerpiece of Indian nationalism, it is viewed in China as an obstacle to progress that must be marginalized and controlled.Printed Pages: 296.

Title: The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India

Author Name: Peter Van Der Veer

Categories: India, History, Sociology,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2014

ISBN: 8125054243

ISBN 13: 9788125054245

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101997

Keywords: The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India Peter Van Der Veer