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Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends by Yu Liu (review)

Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends by Yu Liu (review) Reviews 181 Yu Liu. Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends. New York: Peter Lang, 2015. x, 246 pp. Hardcover $86.95, isbn 978-1-4331-3241-4. This is another addition to the large pool of scholarship on Matteo Ricci, the most famous European missionary in Chinese history. The author focuses on the friendship between Ricci and his closest Chinese friends, most notably Qu Taisu, Xu Guangqi, Li Zhizao, and Yang Tingyun. Liu argues that these friendships were "at times tense and even hostile but in reality always mutually energizing" (p. 2). While the argument is convincing, this is not the first book that deals with this subject. The major contribution of this book is thus not the subject matter but rather the unique insight the author offers due to his expertise in comparative literature. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 includes chapters 1­4, concentrating on the publication and reception of Ricci's works Jiaoyou Lun (On friendship), Tianzhu Shiyi (The true meaning of the Lord of Heaven), and Ershiwu Yan (Twenty-five paragraphs). Part 2 includes chapters 5­8, each detailing Ricci's friendship with one of his closest Chinese friends. Liu points out that Ricci's first work, Jiaoyou Lun, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends by Yu Liu (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Reviews 181 Yu Liu. Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends. New York: Peter Lang, 2015. x, 246 pp. Hardcover $86.95, isbn 978-1-4331-3241-4. This is another addition to the large pool of scholarship on Matteo Ricci, the most famous European missionary in Chinese history. The author focuses on the friendship between Ricci and his closest Chinese friends, most notably Qu Taisu, Xu Guangqi, Li Zhizao, and Yang Tingyun. Liu argues that these friendships were "at times tense and even hostile but in reality always mutually energizing" (p. 2). While the argument is convincing, this is not the first book that deals with this subject. The major contribution of this book is thus not the subject matter but rather the unique insight the author offers due to his expertise in comparative literature. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 includes chapters 1­4, concentrating on the publication and reception of Ricci's works Jiaoyou Lun (On friendship), Tianzhu Shiyi (The true meaning of the Lord of Heaven), and Ershiwu Yan (Twenty-five paragraphs). Part 2 includes chapters 5­8, each detailing Ricci's friendship with one of his closest Chinese friends. Liu points out that Ricci's first work, Jiaoyou Lun,

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Published: Nov 28, 2014

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