Youtai - Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China

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Peter Kupfer
Peter Lang, 2008 - Religion - 327 pages
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This volume summarizes the results of a research project organized at Mainz University in Germersheim, Germany. It focused on the Jewish community in Kaifeng in China (12th to 19th century). In recent years, increasing research has been done about the history and culture of the Jews in China, and in the future, more academic interest in all questions connected with it can be expected. Main topics are the perception of Chinese Judaism in European history as well as in Chinese society itself, the self-image of the descendants in Kaifeng and their present status in China, and how China deals with foreign ethnics and religions as part of its own history and identity. These topics were discussed from various interdisciplinary points of view. The authors from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Great Britain, France, and Germany are prominent sino-judaists who present their latest results of research in the light of new facts and approaches.
 

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Contents

Donald Daniel Leslie
24
Jewish Settlements in Traditional China
34
Abstract
54
Legends History and New Perspectives
55
A Comprehensive
66
The Understanding and Attitude of Chinese Society towards
139
Baghdadi Jews Chinese Jews and Chinese
155
A Comparative Retrospection
185
The Jews in the May Fourth Period
201
Chinese Jews in European Thought
217
Jonathan Goldstein ed The Jews of China 2 vols London 1999 2000 Roman Malek
220
Comparison between the Jewish Education of Biblical Times
287
Glossary with General Index
309
Curricula Vitae
323
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The Editor: Peter Kupfer, Prof. Dr., head of the Section of Chinese Studies at Mainz University, has carried out several research activities and projects in modern Chinese language and culture and holds a number of international functions in this field. In 2000 he was awarded the Friendship Order of Chinese Language and Culture by the People’s Republic of China.