Christian–Muslim Relations in China and Japan in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries

James Harry Morris*

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Building on entries written for Christian–Muslim Relations: A Bibliographic History, this article explores Christian–Muslim relations in China and Japan in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The first half of the article considers Christian–Muslim relations amongst the Japanese in and outside Japan. Direct, indirect and potential interactions and contemporaneous commentaries are explored in order to build a picture of the sort of Christian–Muslim interactions that took place. However, due to the sparsity of sources, this section seeks more to develop and open potential avenues of enquiry than to provide definitive answers. The second section focuses on Christian–Muslim interactions in the work of Matteo Ricci and suggests that Christian–Muslim interactions in East Asia generally, and in China more specifically, were significant not only to the Jesuit mission itself, but also to the shaping of European knowledge of the East.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-55
Number of pages19
JournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 2
Externally publishedYes


  • Alessandro Valignano
  • Chinese religions
  • Japanese religions
  • Jesuits
  • Kirishitan
  • Luis Frois
  • Matteo Ricci
  • Pedro Kibe
  • slavery
  • Yasuke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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