The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion

Xin details the story of a small indigenous Jewish community that formed in the ninth century in northeastern China. Separated from other Jews by thousands of miles, the Jews of Kaifeng absorbed Chinese elements into their distinctive culture, remaining mostly unknown until a chance meeting with an Italian Jesuit priest in 1605. Xin (Nanjing University) covers the Kaifeng Jews’ background and discovery; education, marriage, and religious life; relations with Chinese authorities and the populace; and Jews in other Chinese cities including Beijing, Ningpo, and Canton. Annotation ?2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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