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Christianity in Modern China

A Chinese Jesuit Catechism

Giulio Aleni’s Four Character Classic 四字經文

Authors: Clark, Anthony E.

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  • Is the first scholarly study of the famous Jesuit Chinese children’s primer, the Four Character Classic
  • Includes masterful translations of both Wang Yinglin’s (1551–1602) hallowed Confucian Three Character Classic and Aleni’s Chinese catechism that was published during the Qing (1644–1911)
  • Underscores how Aleni’s published work functions as a good example of the Jesuit use of normative Chinese print culture to serve the catechetical exigencies of the Catholic mission in East Asia
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This book is the first scholarly study of the famous Jesuit Chinese children’s primer, the Four Character Classic, written by Giulio Aleni (1582–1649) while living in Fujian, China. This book also includes masterful translations of both Wang Yinglin’s (1551–1602) hallowed Confucian Three Character Classic and Aleni’s Chinese catechism that was published during the Qing (1644–1911). Clark’s careful reading of the Four Character Classic provides new insights into an area of the Jesuit mission in early modern China that has so far been given little attention, the education of children. This book underscores how Aleni’s published work functions as a good example of the Jesuit use of normative Chinese print culture to serve the catechetical exigencies of the Catholic mission in East Asia, particularly his meticulous imitation of Confucian children’s primers to promote decidedly Christian content.


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Anthony E. Clark is Professor of Chinese History and Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair at Whitworth University. He is the author of several books, including China’s Catholics in an Era of Transformation (2020), China Gothic: The Bishop of Beijing and His Cathedral (2019), and Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi (2015)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

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eBook 42,79 €
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Chinese Jesuit Catechism
Book Subtitle
Giulio Aleni’s Four Character Classic 四字經文
Authors
Series Title
Christianity in Modern China
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-9624-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-9624-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-9623-0
Series ISSN
2730-7875
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 105
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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