Mandarins and heretics : the construction of "heresy" in Chinese state discourse

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Full title: Mandarins and heretics : the construction of "heresy" in Chinese state discourse / by Junqing Wu.
Main author: Wu, Junqing, 1984-
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Summary: "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 are routinely 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."--
Language: English
Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Classmark: 299.5/1165
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Series: Religion in Chinese societies, v. 11
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9789004331402 (electronic book)
ISSN: 1877-6264 ;
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