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We hope this international academic society can encourage meaningful communications among social scientists who study religion from East Asia, and facilitate further development of the scientific study of religion in this region. In the world today, East Asia posits as a hot spot of religious changes. Religious groups in societies experiencing radical changes often occur, grow, and disperse with contextual social changes. Similar to previous cases in Korea and Japan, Chinese religious groups exhibit certain features that are common to transitioning societies, while pertaining particular characteristics. The empirical studies of those changes will certainly enhance and contribute to the development of general theories and methods of social scientific study of religion in East Asia. As taken initially and impressively  by Max Weber (1915) and Robert N. Bellah (1957), Asian religions, e.g., Confucianism, Taoism,  and Tokugawa religion have usually been examined in terms of the large-scale comparative perspective whose framework was primarily based upon the lens of Western religion, that is, Protestantism. This methodological tradition has continued to influence ordinary social scientific studies of religion. As noted, this confronts many challenges in contemporary East Asian religious situations. This society aims to provide an academic platform, in which all scholars of religion can extend the boundaries of social scientific understanding of religions by communicating and exchanging their ideas and knowledge about religious situations of East Asian societies.

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Call for Papers

RELIGIOSITY, SECULARITY AND PLURALISM IN THE GLOBAL EAST  The Inaugural Conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion July 3-5, 2018, Singapore Call for papers  East Asia is felt throughout the world. Whilst the region’s economic and political power has been a reason for both global integration and resistance in recent decades, […]

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A Successful Conference in Hong Kong

We had a successful conference at the Hong Kong Baptist University from July 11 to 13, 2017. During the period of this conference, all members confirmed the revised constitution and bylaws of EASSSR and the 2018 annual meeting in Singapore. For the 2018 annual meeting, Prof. Lily Kong, provost of Singapore Management University, takes charge […]

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China’s grip on Christianity intensifies!

The growth of Christianity is seemingly picking up momentum in China. However, the communist country is keen to curb this trend. In one of such latest efforts, officials in China’s eastern Zhejiang province have directed the closing of Sunday schools and keeping children from Christian events over the summer months. This is contrary to the […]

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The Experience of Growing up as a Christian in North Korea

A North Korean Christian Shared her Experience on Growing Up in Isolated Country A Christian woman who fled North Korea has shared her experience of growing up in North Korea! The woman said that she was too frightened to even touch a Bible – but also admitted that Christianity is fast growing in the country […]

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A Pentecostal clergyman killed in Punjab-India. For Bishop Mulakkal, …

Rev Sultan Masih who was the pastor of the Temple of God Church was gunned down on Saturday night while talking on his mobile phone. The bishop of Jalandhar described the murder of the Bishop as an attack against Christians and said it has “wounded the whole community”. By the time Bishop Mgr Franco Mulakkal […]

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Religious Markets in East Asian Societies

Religious groups in societies experiencing radical changes often occur, grow, and disperse with contextual social changes. Similar to previous cases in Korea and Japan, Chinese religious groups exhibit certain features that are common to transitioning societies, while pertaining particular characteristics. In China, religious groups within the establishment have clear growth, while groups that have been […]

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Relevant Journals

In order to help you publish your paper, EASSSR introduce the following journals:

AJRS
You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the Asian Journal of Religion and Society issued by the Korean Association for the Sociology of Religion
RRCS
Launched in 2014, Review of Religion and Chinese Society is an international peer-reviewed journal publishes articles and book reviews in the social sciences and certain humanities disciplines.
JJRS
The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies is a semi-annual journal dedicated to the academic study of Japanese religions.

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