106 China Review International: Vol. 24, No. 2, 2017 Professor Atwill deserves credit for bringing attention to a fascinating minority group in Tibet, one that had been neglected in many histories of Tibet. Morris Rossabi Morris Rossabi is distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York and adjunct professor of Inner Asian History at Columbia University. Rostislav Berezkin. Many Faces of Mulian: The Precious Scrolls of Late Imperial China. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2017. xxiv, 248 pp. Hardcover $90.00, ISBN 978-0-295-74251-9. In 1981 I spent several months in China looking for texts and manuscripts of popular religious scriptures called baojuan “precious volumes,” composed, read, and recited by members of popular religious sects during the Ming and Qing dynasties, 1368–1911. I was helped in this work by Li Shiyu, a pioneering scholar of this genre, whose book, Baojuan zonglu (A bibliography of precious volumes) served as my guidebook for this research trip. Mr. Li and several colleagues met me at the Beijing airport, took me to a hotel, and to the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, where I was introduced to their collection of baojuan.In the weeks that followed I read and photographed many
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