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Rites Controversy
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1. Historical significance

The Rites Controversy is the name given to the long quarrel of the 17th and 18th centuries over the Jesuitmission in China, and more precisely the Jesuit missionary concept of accommodation. One important component was the question of how far Chinese converts (Conversion between faiths) should be allowed to practice the rites of the Confucian ancestor cult. The Rites Controvers…

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Mittag, Achim, “Rites Controversy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026749>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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