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Global Impact

 

Asia is the sole area in the world where the dominant religions are not monotheistic. Hinduism in India, Buddhism in south-east Asia and a mix of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Shintuism and local traditions in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam are most prominent. Christianity and Islam came to Asia only in a relatively later period thereby their cultural and political influence is fairly secondary. In some areas of south East Asia Islam is dominant; however the prevalence of polytheism has a measurably different essence compared to doctrines which emerged in the Middle East.

 

This background serves as the basis for a variety of important questions, for instance: Are there unique characteristics to Monotheism in Asia? What is the influence of Monotheism on the general political structure and culture in that area of Asia today? Is there a unique model for “state-church” relations and inter-religious cooperation? 

 

As part of our global impact, Asia will be the subject of our major focus.

East & Southeast Asia
Asian Religions

As part of the Dangoor Program's ongoing activities, we organize and host international conferences which are open to the public at large.  One recent conference on Asian Religions was attended by more than 100 participants and featured two noted international scholars: Prof. Donald Baker of the University of British Columbia and Prof. Fenggang Yang of Purdue University.