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Jews in old China : studies by Chinese scholars

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Jews in old China : studies by Chinese scholars
Call No: 951.004924 S52j

Call Number951.004924 S52j
Dates©1984
Statement of Responsibilitytranslated, compiled and edited by Sidney Shapiro.
Creators & ContributorsShapiro, Sidney (author)
Shapiro, Sidney (translator)
Shapiro, Sidney (editor)
SummaryThe accidental discovery in the 17th century of a Jewish community in the city of Kaifeng, and the findings there by Jesuit missionaries, marked the beginning of widespread interest in the subject of Jews in China. In the centuries that followed, Western Sinologists arrived in China and engaged in a variety of investigations. In the 1980s, however, Sidney Shapiro, a former New York lawyer who has lived half a century in Beijing, felt that "there was a crying need to learn what the Chinese scholars themselves have to say about the history of Jews in China." With that in mind, he compiled the remarkable fruits of research conducted by Chinese social scientists, and edited and translated them into English. Jews in Old China was originally published by Hippocrene Books in 1984 with considerable success. It was then translated into Hebrew and published in Israel in 1987. This newly expanded edition offers a rich exposition, according to the Chinese investigations, on the origins of these Jewish migrants-when and why they came, the routes they followed, where they settled, and descriptions of their religious and social lives under the Hans, the Mongols, and the Manchus. This book provides a wealth of information about the conflicts, contributions, adaptation and ultimate assimilation of the Jews in China. It also introduces, from the Chinese perspective, the Radanites, the great medieval Jewish mercantile traders, who provided an important link between China and the West. —Publisher
Contents
  • A survey of the various religious sects during the Yuan Dynasty, 1897 / Hong Jun
  • Contacts between ancient China and the Jews, 1930 / Zhang Xinglang
  • A study of Wotuo, 1941 / Weng Tu-Chien
  • A study of Israelite religion in Kaifeng, 1920, revised 1980 / Chen Yuan
  • Jews in ancient China—a historical survey, 1953, revised 1983 / Pan Guandan
  • Glimpses of the Urban economy of Bianjing, capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, 1981 / Jiang Qingxiang and Xiao Guoliang
  • Concerning Chinese Jews, 1983 / Gao Wangzhi
  • An San and An Cheng, 1983 / Li Jixian
  • Buddhist monk or Jewish Rabbi? 1983 / Chen Changqi
  • Jewish traces in Yangzhou, 1983 / Zhu Jiang
  • Some observations on the Jews of Kaifang, 1943 / Xu Zonghe
  • An ethnic historian looks at China's Jews, 1983 / Wu Zelin
  • The descendants of the Kaifeng Jews, 1980 / Wang Yisha
Physical Description xix, 204 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : Hippocrene Books
NotesBibliography: pages 190–192; Includes index

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