Handbook of Research on Development and Religion
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Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

Edited by Matthew Clarke

With eighty percent of the world’s population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. This fascinating and highly unique Handbook brings together state-of-the-art research on incorporating religion into development studies.
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Chapter 9: Confucianism

Xiangshu Fang and Lijun Bi


Confucianism, which draws its name from the ancient Chinese scholar Confucius, has long influenced Chinese social and political institutions with the concepts of a hierarchical moral order. As Confucianism rose to dominance in Chinese society, Confucius became respected as a sage, and temples dedicated to Confucius were built across China. The main tenets of Confucianism were derived from Confucius himself, his early disciples, and later the Confucian school of philosophers and scholars. It has also absorbed important contributions from other religious and philosophical sources, both from within China and from outside.

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