Studies in Chinese Religions

Studies in Chinese Religions, sponsored by the Institute for World Religions at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and published by the Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge), is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research on Chinese religions. The inaugural issue of the journal, which will appear in print and on-line on a quarterly basis, is available at:

This issue includes the following contributions:


The Launch of the English-language Journal, Studies in Chinese Religions by Xinping Zhuo (pp. 1-2)

Research Articles

  1. What is in a Name? The Possibility of Identifying the Monk Damo as the Mentor of the First Known Self-Claimed Reincarnation of Maitreya in Medieval China by Jinhua Chen (pp. 3-19)
  2. Mysticism in the Confucian Tradition by Lai Chen  (pp. 20-45)
  3. On the origins of the Great Fuxian Monastery 大福先寺 in Luoyang by Antonino Forte† (pp. 46-69)
  4. Rethinking the Category of Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha by Koichi Shinohara (pp. 70-81)
  5. Christian Implication and Non-Christian Translation: A Case Study of The Merchant of Venice in the Chinese Context by Huilin Yang (pp. 82-90)
  6. Western and Chinese Philosophical and Religious Thought in the Twentieth Century by Xinping Zhuo (pp. 91-98)

Book Reviews

  1. The body incantatory: Spells and the ritual imagination in medieval Chinese Buddhism (by Paul Copp), reviewed by Youn-mi Kim (pp. 99-100)
  2. Spells, images, and maṇḍalas: Tracing the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals (by Koichi Shinohara), reviewed by Zhaohua Yang (pp. 101-103)

To celebrate the inaugural issue’s publication—and share the posthumously published work by late Sinologist Antonino Forte with our community—the Editorial Board has made the on-line version of Studies in Chinese Religions open access:



Xinping Zhuo, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

Associate Editors

Jianxin Li, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

Jinhua Chen, the University of British Columbia, Canada

Executive Editors

Susan Andrews, Mount Allison University, Canada

Kelly Carlton, University of Oxford, UK

Advisory Board

Timothy Barrett, SOAS at University of London, UK; John Berthrong, Boston University, USA; Stephen Bokenkamp, Arizona State University, USA; Lai Chen, Tsinghua University, China; Kenneth Dean, McGill University, Canada; Catherine Despeux, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, France; Prasenjit Duara, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Guangchang Fang, Shanghai Normal University, China; Toru Funayama, Kyoto University, Japan; Zhaoguang Ge, Fudan University, China; Vincent Goossaert, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France; Xiuping Hong, Nanjing University, China; Chin-shing Huang, Academia Sinica; Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong; Ze Jin, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China; Ling Li, Peking University, China; Tian’gang Li, Fudan University, China; Robert C. Neville, Boston University, USA; Mu-chou Poo, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Robert H. Sharf, University of California at Berkeley, USA; Koichi Shinohara, Yale University, USA; Tokio Takata, Kyoto University, Japan; Barend ter Haar, University of Oxford, UK; Bangwei Wang, Peking University, China; Ka Wang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China; Daoru Wei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China; Yihua Xu, Fudan University, China; Huilin Yang, Renmin University of China, China; Zhigang Zhang, Peking University, China; Dunhua Zhao, Peking University, China

Editorial Board

Sebastien Billioud, University Paris-Diderot, France; Adam Yuet Chau, Cambridge University, UK; Huaiyu Chen, Arizona State University, USA; Ming Chen, Peking University, China; Zhe Ji, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, France; Chi Tim Lai, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Wen Lei, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Fu-shih Lin, Academia Sinica; Xun Liu, Rutgers University, USA; Yang Lu, Peking University, China; Pengzhi Lü, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Guoxiang Peng, Zhejiang University, China; Weirong Shen, Tsinghua University, China; Kai Sheng, Tsinghua University, China; Yinggang Sun, Fudan University, China; Bo Wang, Peking University, China; Mingming Wang, Peking University, China; Richard G. Wang, University of Florida, USA; Jiang Wu, Arizona University, USA; Xin Yu, Fudan University, China; Kai Zheng, Peking University, China

Call For Contributions: Studies in Chinese Religions

Aims and Scope

Studies in Chinese Religions is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research on Chinese religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, and Islam in China, as well as folk (or popular) religions, and religions practiced by ethnic minorities in the region. The journal seeks to promote multi-disciplinary approaches and encourages submissions from scholars working in the fields of Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Iconology, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Philology, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

Manuscript Submission

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Before preparing your submission please visit the Studies in Chinese Religions homepage at to see full instructions for authors, including a complete style guide.

All peer review is double blind and submission is via email to the Editor at


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