Special Issue "Engaging Violence: Case Studies from the Japanese Religious Traditions"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018)
Prof. Dr. Michel Mohr
Department of Religion, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Sakamaki Hall A311, 2530 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Interests: Asian religious traditions, Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, Indian philosophy, Yoga, universality, ethical issues
This special issue addresses the convoluted interactions between Japanese religions and violence or nonviolence. While grappling with questions that have remained taboo for too long, it undertakes the delicate task of complicating the picture by questioning our current understanding of violence and related concepts. The articles collected here reflect a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, while sharing two related threads. The first thread attempts to overcome dualistic concepts, such as the distinction between the perpetrator and the victim, or the geographic divide between Japan and overseas. The second thread derives from the wish to contextualize occurrences of so-called violence by examining their historical circumstances rather than projecting contemporary standards.
Thus, the aim of this special issue is to move beyond received assumptions about the relation between Japanese religions and "violence," by providing solid research anchored in specific phases of Japanese history. Existing publications tend to deal with Japan only in marginal ways, as illustrated by the following volumes:
- Buddhism and Violence, edited by Michael Zimmermann, Chiew Hui Ho, and Philip Pierce (Lumbini, Nepal: Lumbini International Research Institute, 2006);
- Buddhist Warfare, edited by Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010);
- Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia, edited by Vladimir Tikhonov and Torkel Brekke (New York: Routledge, 2012), 209–226.
This special issue highlights the complex relationship between Japanese religions and various manifestations of what is today subsumed under the umbrella term "violence." So far, the few available studies tend either to neglect the specific contexts associated with each occurrence of so-called violence throughout Japanese history or to lump them in with "religious violence," which is often exclusively understood from the monotheistic perspective of the Abrahamic traditions. Contributions to this special issue all contribute to deconstruct previous biases regarding the delicate link between Japanese religions and violence.Prof. Dr. Michel Mohr
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- Japanese religions
- Japanese history
- environmental issues
- warrior monks
- war and war crimes