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Book: Translocal Lives and Religion

Chapter: 6. Re-discovering Buddha’s Land: The Transnational Formative Years of China’s Indology

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.31743


Since its reopening up in the 1840s, China came again into contact with India, the former “Buddha’s land”, in a relation that was not purely intellectual but also entangled with questions about China’s cultural self-identity and political ideology. The chapter argues that in the formative years of Indian studies in China, scholars developed their perspectives within three important transnational networks: the revived Buddhist ancestral China-India connection, the scholarly network around Western, particularly German orientalists, and the political network based on socialist and anti-imperialist ideology.

Chapter Contributors

  • Minyu Zhang ( - mzhang) 'Peking University'