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Mandarins and Heretics : The Construction of Heresy in Chinese State Discourse (Hardcover) (Junqing Wu)

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"In Mandarins and Heretics, Wu Junqing explores the denunciation and persecution of lay religious groups in late imperial (14th to 20th century) China. These groups varied greatly in their organisation and teaching, yet in official state records they areroutinely portrayed as belonging to the same esoteric tradition, stigmatised under generic labels such as "White Lotus" and "evil teaching", and accused of black magic, sedition and messianic agitation. Wu Junqing convincingly demonstrates that this "heresy construct" was not a reflection of historical reality but a product of the Chinese historiographical tradition, with its uncritical reliance on official sources. The imperial heresy construct remains influential in modern China, where it contributes to shaping policy towards unlicensed religious groups."--
Number of Pages: 180.0
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Cults
Series Title: Religion in Chinese Societies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Junqing Wu
Language: English
Street Date: November 17, 2016
TCIN: 51569315
UPC: 9789004331396
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-4274

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