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  • Politics and Religion in Ancient and Medieval Europe and China

Politics and Religion in Ancient and Medieval Europe and China

Frederick Hok-ming Cheung, Ming-chiu Lai

English , 1999/11 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: History, Religious Studies

229 x 152 mm , 180pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-201-850-1

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This volume is a collection of papers presented at the academic conference "Politics and Religion in Ancient and Medieval Europe and Asia" organized by the Department of History and New Asia College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in March 1996. Although the papers vary widely in the region and time-span of coverage-from ancient Egypt, the early Roman Empire, Norman England, to medieval China, they are joined by their concern about the relationship between politics and different religions-Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism and others-in ancient and medieval Europe and Asia and the respective intellectual and cultural interactions.

Seven papers, all written by ancient and medieval historians, are collected in this volume. Professor Mu-chou Poo in his paper explores the ancient Egyptian attitudes toward foreigners and foreign culture as an effort to understand Egyptian culture from a new perspective, and as a preliminary attempt to probe into the issues concerning the nature of ancient ethnicity and cultural consciousness. Professor Yen-zen Tsai's paper looks into the way the early Roman Empire treated mystery cults under its rule. Professor Ming-chiu Lai discusses the impact of a Buddhist ritual on Chinese religious culture between the second and sixth centuries. Professor Chi-tim Lai in his paper argues that some Daoist teachings advocated a new world order, but they were not the real force that provoked the rebellions during the Eastern Jin Dynasty. Professor Puay-peng Ho exhibits the political meanings of the imperial buildings in the Tang period and sheds light on the research about legitimacy in medieval China. Professor Warren Hollister's paper, which is also the keynote speech, points out that the high culture of twelfth century western Europe was largely the product of monastery. Finally, Professor Frederick Hok-ming Cheung examines the role of the Church in Anglo-Norman politics.

It is hoped that the book will furnish a basis for further investigation on politics and religion in the ancient and medieval world, and inspire scholarly inquiries into the comparative dimensions of these important historical phenomena.

Frederick Hok-ming Cheung received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983. He is now Associate Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ming-chiu Lai obtained his doctoral degree from University of Toronto in 1995. He is now Assistant Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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