Como los hebreos en España: El encuentro de los jesuitas con los musulmanes y el problema del cambio cultural

Translated title of the contribution: Like the hebrews in Spain: The jesuit encounter with muslims in China and the problem of cultural change

Zvi Ben Dor Benite

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    Abstract

    This essay is concerned with the possibility of cultural change in the writings of Matteo Ricci. In order to elucidate this question, this essay discusses aspects of Matteo Ricci’s perception of Islam and Muslims in China and identifies the moments when they changed. I show that over time Ricci developed a much more nuanced perception of Islam in China, but argue still that his views remained quite limited because of lack of dialogue with Muslims he saw in China. These limitations, I also argue, reflect the limitations of European views of Islam in the early modern Euro- Mediterranean world. Recognizing these limitations, I suggest, might help us to develop new approaches to questions of religion in early modern China.

    Translated title of the contributionLike the hebrews in Spain: The jesuit encounter with muslims in China and the problem of cultural change
    Original languageSpanish
    Pages (from-to)503-529
    Number of pages27
    JournalAl-Qantara
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Alvaro semedo
    • China
    • Conversos (Jews)
    • Huihui
    • Islam
    • Matteo Ricci
    • Mnemonics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Literature and Literary Theory

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