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|Title:||Background and Focuses of Buddhist Historiography in Modern China: A Historical debate on The Sutra in Forty-two Sections|
Buddhist historiography;Historical concept;Tradition;The Sutra in Forty-two Sections
|Issue Date:||2018-03-19 13:59:26 (UTC+8)|
Buddhist historiography in modern China, as one part of the revival of Buddhism and reform of historiography, develops under the dual impact of traditional scholarship and foreign intellectual trends. Due to the different historical viewpoints and faith positions of the scholars, this branch of study not only dealt with data collection and textual criticism, but also quickly gained in diversity and complexity, closely linked with almost every significant phenomenon in the process of the modernization of Chinese scholarship, such as the cultural reconstruction and academic transformation. This article mainly focuses on the background behind the historical writing of Buddhism in modern China, seeking to explain how the scholars were re-thinking about the methodology of historical study and how they were redefining Chinese traditions. To investigate the phenomenon of modern Chinese historiography of Buddhism, there are two issues need to be elaborated upon, one is the relationship between historical records and historiographical concepts; the other is the relationship between China and India. Different perspectives of these two issues lead to opposite views and conclusions. A debate between Liang-Qichao, Tang-Yongtong and Lü-Cheng around ＂The Sutra in Forty-two Sections＂, for example, can illustrate how the different historiographical tendencies largely determine the specific historical writing of Buddhism.
|Relation:||華人宗教研究, 5, 113-147|
|Appears in Collections:||[華人宗教研究] 期刊論文|
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