Y. (Yuning) Huang

  • PhD student
  • Chinese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: y.huang.15@umail.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China

Fields of interest

Chinese history of Buddhism between the 19th and 20th century.

PhD research

Chinese state policies on Buddhism between the 19th and 20th century
Supervisor: Barend ter Haar

My research project focuses on the interaction of Buddhist institutions, Chinese central and local governments, and local gentry in the 'transforming temples into schools' movement, which started in late imperial China and continued at the beginning of the Republican era. The social and politial reforms made Chinese Buddhism a vulnerable target. In the early Republican period we also see the first state policies that guaranteed freedom of religion for the first time. Some Buddhist institutions and monks initiated reforms in order to protect Buddhism  and make use of their changed legal position, which shaped Chinese Buddhism to a great extent. Although understood in their basic influence, the social, political and Buddhist reforms and their interconnections have  barely begun to be noticed and described in details. This research will offer a more comprehensive and detailed survey, and ask or answer some interesting questions in this domain.



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Last Modified: 11-12-2015