Religious education in China: Religious diversity and citizenship building

Zhenzhou ZHAO, Nazim Aman HUNZAI

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Abstract

The constitution of The People's Republic of China has institutionalized a separation between religion and education, and the government has played a predominant role in controlling schooling under the socialist regime. Against this background, the purpose of this chapter is to explore how China's religious traditions influence educational practice. The chapter is composed of four main sections. We first discuss what "religious education" means in the Chinese context and the educational and societal challenges in teaching about religion. Then we adopt a citizenship perspective to analyse the tension between religion and modern nation-states in education and the reasons why religion increasingly matters for Chinese education and society. We conclude the chapter with some thoughts about the implications for current educational policies and practices. Copyright © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times
EditorsKerry John KENNEDY, Chi Kin John LEE
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages12-27
ISBN (Electronic)9780429321351
ISBN (Print)9780367336998
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2020

Citation

Zhao, Z., & Hunzai, N. A. (2021). Religious education in China: Religious diversity and citizenship building. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times (pp. 12-27). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Keywords

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