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Ph.D., Temple University, Religion (1980)
M.A., Temple University, Religion (1976)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Religious St. (1971)
Steven Heine, Professor of Religious Studies and History, is the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University who mainly teaches interdisciplinary courses on pre-modern and modern Asian societies and various methodologies used for studying them. As a scholar, Heine has published two dozen books and nearly 100 articles on Japanese and East Asian religion and culture, especially Zen Buddhism in China and Japan. His focus is on textual interpretation set in historical and sociopolitical context. Heine is known as the authority in the West on the life and thought of Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism in medieval Japan, and he has produced several volumes of translations and historical studies treating this giant. Other books deal with the background of Buddhism as it developed in in Song-dynasty China in addition to the hermeneutics and ritual practice of religiosity in contemporary Japan. Heine's publications also include numerous volumes of collected articles, such as a prestigious series (co-edited with Dale S. Wright) of five volumes on Zen Buddhist literature and another series of translations of an eminent modern Japanese thinker, Masao Abe.