Ruppert's Jewel in the Ashes
is an important contribution to the study of the material culture of Buddhism. Specialists in Buddhist studies, Japanese Buddhism, and Japanese religions will not be the only ones who will find this work of value. Historians of Japan, especially of the relations between social, political, and military powers and religion, will also find it rewarding, as will those interested in gender issues in medieval religion. (Richard K. Payne Journal of Japanese Studies
About the Author
Brian D. Ruppert is Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.