Soka Gakkai Buddhism as a global religious movement

Waterhouse, Helen (2002). Soka Gakkai Buddhism as a global religious movement. In: Wolffe, John ed. Global Religious Movements in Regional Context. Religion Today: Tradition, Modernity and Change (4). Milton Keynes, UK: Open University Press, pp. 109–155.



Global Religious Movements in Regional Context offers a wide-ranging exploration of the adaptation and diversity of religious traditions in various geographical, cultural and ethnic contexts within the contemporary world. The book analyses the complexities of the relationships between religion and globalization, and general trends and counter-trends in secularization. It argues that religions that 'go global' cannot remain unchanged by their importation into new cultures, and explores the creative tension between indigenization and a sense of global identity. The chapters focus on Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the UK, the USA, Latin America and Africa, as well as the worldwide spread of Islam and of the Japanese-derived Buddhist movement, the Soka Gakkai.
Preface; Introduction, John Wolffe; Part I: Evangelicals and Pentecostals: indigenizing a global gospel, John Wolffe: Defining and locating Evengelicals and Pentecostals; The United Kingdom; The United States of America; Latin America; The global and the local; Soka Gakkai Buddhism as a global religious movement, Helen Waterhouse; ‘Invitation and enculturation’: the dissemination and development of Islam in contemporary societies, Sophie Gilliat-Ray; Part II: Sociological reflections on the charismatic movement at the end of the 20th century, Andrew Walker; American Evangelism embattled, Christian Smith; The explosion of Protestantism in Latin America, David Martin; Tablighi Jamaat and the Deobandi mosques in Britain, John King; The expansion of the Soka Gakkai into southeast Asia, Daniel Metraux; Translatability in Islam and in Christianity in Africa: a thematic approach, Lamin Sanneh; Index.

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