- niﬁcance, and engaging prose, Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville will not only prove to be an essential text for scholars exploring these issues, but will also make an excellent teach- ing text for graduate and undergraduate courses. China Scherz Reed College, Oregon, US
play in the interconnected worlds of religion and the arts in early modern China, the main topic of this small volume. My discussion of the Ming prison as an example of a creative environment and its elite prisoners as creative subjects will serve to introduce interdisciplinary scholarship on premodern
Ever since the “reluctant exodus” 1 of thousands of Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries from China in 1949–1952, what used to be the “largest mission field” has remained a missionary concern for Christianity. After the exodus, most of the missionary organizations formerly active in
The Mongol period witnessed a remarkable growth in state patronage of the Buddhist church, and this essay examines how prominent scholar-officials from south China represented these policies and the sangha’s presence in Chinese society. The misdeeds of a few infamous clergy and the scathing assessments of later literati notwithstanding, educated men during the Yuan viewed the church in largely positive terms. Stupa inscriptions for eminent clergy characterize them as vital actors in the mission to bring order and civility to a newly-unified empire, wracked by decades of violence. In commemorative works for temples, Buddhists, and their lay supporters win praise for their asceticism, discipline, personal loyalty, and generosity. Such exempla, writers often suggest, deserve emulation from the rest of society. Despite the spread of neo-Confucian orthodoxy, Yuan men broke company with the anti-Buddhism of Zhu Xi and other Song masters and often saw Buddhists as forces for good.