Editors’ Introduction

Editors’ Introduction The essays published in this special issue of Religion and the Arts grew out of a particularly stimulating workshop entitled Spiritual and Artistic Interactions: Religion and the Arts of Global Asia , held at Fudan University in Shanghai in June 2014. Sponsored by the University’s International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, it was organized by Rui Oliveira Lopes, visiting fellow, and Shaoxin Dong, professor at the National Institute for Advance Humanistic Studies there. During the three-day workshop, a dozen scholars presented papers on a range of topics dealing with the religious and artistic traditions across Asia. Unfortunately, it was possible to publish only eight of the papers here, but the keen discussions during and after the sessions reflect the lively interaction between participants such that the presence of all attendees is reflected in this selection. Befitting its broad title, the workshop drew upon the expertise of scholars ranging from historians of art and architecture to linguists, textual historians, and others. Participants came from a wide geographical area, drawn from academic centers in Asia, Europe, and North America. The essays likewise touch on a variety of religions including not the only the major traditions of (in alphabetical order) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and the Arts Brill

Editors’ Introduction


The essays published in this special issue of Religion and the Arts grew out of a particularly stimulating workshop entitled Spiritual and Artistic Interactions: Religion and the Arts of Global Asia , held at Fudan University in Shanghai in June 2014. Sponsored by the University’s International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, it was organized by Rui Oliveira Lopes, visiting fellow, and Shaoxin Dong, professor at the National Institute for Advance Humanistic Studies there. During the three-day workshop, a dozen scholars presented papers on a range of topics dealing with the religious and artistic traditions across Asia. Unfortunately, it was possible to publish only eight of the papers here, but the keen discussions during and after the sessions reflect the lively interaction between participants such that the presence of all attendees is reflected in this selection. Befitting its broad title, the workshop drew upon the expertise of scholars ranging from historians of art and architecture to linguists, textual historians, and others. Participants came from a wide geographical area, drawn from academic centers in Asia, Europe, and North America. The essays likewise touch on a variety of religions including not the only the major traditions of (in alphabetical order) Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism but also many variants and subspecialties thereof, such as Catholicism and the Jesuit tradition of Christianity (discussed in different contexts by both Dong and Naoko Frances Hioki) or Sunni and Shiʿi Islam (discussed by Sheila Blair). The essays published here include works of art produced across Asia, from its western littoral on the Mediterranean to its eastern shores in Korea and Japan, and from China and Central Asia south through the Indian subcontinent. But the range extends even further, as some the pieces of art discussed have been dispersed around the world. Dong, for example, discusses the Dong Qichang album...
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Brill
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Copyright 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1079-9265
eISSN
1568-5292
DOI
10.1163/15685292-02001001
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Abstract

The essays published in this special issue of Religion and the Arts grew out of a particularly stimulating workshop entitled Spiritual and Artistic Interactions: Religion and the Arts of Global Asia , held at Fudan University in Shanghai in June 2014. Sponsored by the University’s International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, it was organized by Rui Oliveira Lopes, visiting fellow, and Shaoxin Dong, professor at the National Institute for Advance Humanistic Studies there. During the three-day workshop, a dozen scholars presented papers on a range of topics dealing with the religious and artistic traditions across Asia. Unfortunately, it was possible to publish only eight of the papers here, but the keen discussions during and after the sessions reflect the lively interaction between participants such that the presence of all attendees is reflected in this selection. Befitting its broad title, the workshop drew upon the expertise of scholars ranging from historians of art and architecture to linguists, textual historians, and others. Participants came from a wide geographical area, drawn from academic centers in Asia, Europe, and North America. The essays likewise touch on a variety of religions including not the only the major traditions of (in alphabetical order)

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Published: Jan 1, 2016

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