Jesuits and Matriarchs: Domestic Worship in Early Modern China
By Nadine Amsler
University of Washington Press, 2018
In early modern China, Jesuit missionaries associated with the male elite Confucian literati in order to proselytize more freely, but they had limited contact with women, whose ritual spaces were less accessible. Amsler’s investigation brings the domestic and devotional practices of women into sharp focus, uncovering a rich body of evidence that demonstrates how Chinese households functioned as sites of evangelization, religious conflict, and indigenization of Christianity.