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Description - Religion and Social Crisis in Japan by Robert Kisala

At the time Aum Shinrikyo emerged, most Japanese assumed that they lived in one of the most well ordered and safest societies, a model that had much to offer the chaotic Western world. This assumption was shaken on 20 March 1995 when the deadly nerve gas sarin was released on the Tokyo subway system. Since that incident, the "Aum Affair" has had widespread repercussions and shaken the Japanese psyche in a serious way. This volume provides a window onto contemporary Japanese society by considering the various reactions and responses to this crisis precipitated by this deviant religious movement.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333772690
ISBN-10: 0333772695
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 14-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Kisala

ROBERT KISALA is an Associate Professor and Permanent Fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. He is the associate editor of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, and author of Prophets of Peace: Pacifism and Cultural Identity in the Japanese New Religions. - MARK MULLINS is Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Christian Studies in the Faculty of Sociology, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. He is an associate editor of Japanese Religions (Kyoto), co-editor of Religion and Society in Modern Japan, and author of Religious Minorities in Canada and Christianity Made in Japan.