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Japanese Buddhists and Religious Freedom
Apr
23
4:30 PM16:30

Japanese Buddhists and Religious Freedom

A widespread historical narrative suggests that Buddhists failed to defend religious freedom in prewar and wartime Japan. But religious freedom was not a universal principle that Buddhists failed to understand or protect. Rather, Japan’s 1889 constitutional guarantee of religious freedom enrolled Buddhists in the project of defining “real religion” in order to free it.

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