R. Po‐chia Hsia

in A Jesuit in the Forbidden City

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199592258
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595622 | DOI:

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Through the patronage of another high mandarin, Ricci left Nanchang for Beijing in 1599. His short sojourn was a failure, and Ricci was forced to return south. With Qu Rukui, Ricci visited Nanjing, where he settled. Through his World Map, his mathematical and astronomical knowledge, his expertise with the Confucian classics, and his general demeanour of a grand scholar, Ricci attained a new height of success and became a celebrity in Nanjing. His presence also allowed for new Jesuit missionaries to man the other residences in Shaozhou and Nanchang. This chapter describes also Ricci's bitter debate with the famous Buddhist abbot Xuelang Hongan, and his friendship with two eminent scholars close to Buddhism, the scholar Jiao Hong and the non‐conformist thinker Li Zhi.

Keywords: Nanjing; Buddhism; Li Zhi; Jiao Hong; astronomy; mathematics

Chapter.  14194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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