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Sojourners in a Strange Land: Jesuits and Their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China

Florence C. Hsia


Though Jesuits assumed a variety of roles as missionaries in late imperial China, their most memorable guise was that of scientific expert, whose maps, clocks, astrolabes, and armillaries reportedly astonished the Chinese. But the icon of the missionary-scientist is itself a complex myth. Masterfully correcting the standard story of China Jesuits as simple conduits for Western science, this book shows how these missionary-scientists remade themselves as they negotiated the place of the profane sciences in a religious enterprise. The book develops a genealogy of Jesuit conceptions of scientific ... More

Keywords: China, Jesuits, missionary-scientist, scientific life, natural philosophy, mathematics, missionaries, mission history, travelogue, academic collection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226355597
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226355610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florence C. Hsia, author