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The Western Sources of "Religion" in Modern Japan : Shimaji Mokurai and His Trip to Europe

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  • 近代日本における「宗教」概念の西洋的起源 : 島地黙雷のヨーロッパ滞在を中心に
  • キンダイ ニホン ニ オケル 「 シュウキョウ 」 ガイネン ノ セイヨウテキ キゲン : トウチモクライ ノ ヨーロッパ タイザイ オ チュウシン ニ

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Abstract

In explaining the history of the introduction of the concept of "religion" in modern Japan, the role of Jodo Shinshu priests has been rightfully stressed by previous research. In particular, Shimaji Mokurai (1838-1911) has been singled out as a pioneer in reforming the relationship between state and religion, not the least because he was among the first Japanese Buddhists actually traveling to Europe in 1872. Yet, the precise nature of the impact of this European experience upon Shimaji and his fellow travelers has so far remained unclear. In this article, I will show whom Shimaji met in France and Germany in 1872 and 1873, and how these encounters shaped his thinking after his return to Japan. The identity of the churchman Shimaji met in Berlin will be revealed for the first time, and I will especially focus on how the particular brand of liberal Protestant theology espoused by that minister impacted upon Shimaji's budding ideas about religion and the role of Buddhism within modern state and society.

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  • CRID
    1390282680926700800
  • NII Article ID
    110009872651
  • NII Book ID
    AN00406454
  • DOI
    10.20716/rsjars.88.3_521
  • ISSN
    21883858
    03873293
  • NDL BIB ID
    025946718
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
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