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Meir Shahar
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Meir Shahar is a professor of Chinese studies at Tel Aviv University.  He is a recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award, and has been appointed Distinguished adjunct Researcher and Consulting Professor at the Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Language and Culture of Renmin University, China.  Meir Shahar’s research interests cover Chinese popular religion and literature, the history of the Chinese martial arts, and Chinese esoteric Buddhism.  In recent years he has been increasingly interested in the impact of Indian mythology on the Chinese conception of the supernatural.  His publications include Crazy Ji: Chinese Religion and Popular Literature, Harvard University Asia Center (1998) and the Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press 92008), which has been translated into numerous languages.