Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Asia

  • Juliana Finucane
  • R. Michael Feener

Part of the ARI - Springer Asia Series book series (ARI, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 255-269

About this book


This volume brings together a range of critical studies that explore diverse ways in which processes of globalization pose new challenges and offer new opportunities for religious groups to propagate their beliefs in contemporary Asian contexts. Proselytizing tests the limits of religious pluralism, as it is a practice that exists on the border of tolerance and intolerance. The practice of proselytizing presupposes not only that people are freely-choosing agents and that religion itself is an issue of individual preference. At the same time, however, it also raises fraught questions about belonging to particular communties and heightens the moral stakes in involved in such choices. In many contemporary Asian societies, questions about the limits of acceptable proselytic behavior have taken on added urgency in the current era of globalization. Recognizing this, the studies brought together here serve to develop our uderstandings of current developments as it critically explores the complex ways in which contemporary contexts of religious pluralism in Asia both enable, and are threatened by, projects of proselytization.


Challenges for religious groups Limits of religious pluralism Opportunities for religious groups Practice of proselytizing Propogating religion in Asia Proselytism Proselytizing in Asia Religious pluralism in Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Juliana Finucane
    • 1
  • R. Michael Feener
    • 2
  1. 1.Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeFalls ChurchUSA
  2. 2.Asia Research Institute National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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