Al-Qanṭara, Vol 36, No 2 (2015)

“Como los hebreos en España”: El encuentro de los jesuitas con los musulmanes y el problema del cambio cultural

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite
New York University, Estados Unidos


Este trabajo trata de las posibilidades del cambio cultural en los escritos de Matteo Ricci. Para poder conocer mejor esta cuestión, este estudio discute diversos aspectos de la percepción de Matteo Ricci sobre el Islam y los musulmanes en China, identificando los momentos en los que cambia. He podido mostrar cómo, a lo largo del tiempo, Ricci desarrolló una percepción cada vez más matizada del Islam en China, pero sostengo que sus opiniones se mantuvieron bastante fijas debido a su falta de diálogo con los musulmanes de esa zona. Esta percepción tiene mucho que ver con los limitados puntos de vista del Islam en la Europa mediterránea moderna. Conocer estas limitaciones, sugiero, nos podrá ayudar a desarrollar nuevos enfoques sobre la investigación de la religión en China.

Palabras clave

Matteo Ricci; Álvaro Semedo; Mnemínicos; Islam; China; Conversos (Jews); Huihui

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