The Kaifeng Jews: A Reconsideration of Acculturation and Assimilation in a Comparative Perspective

  title={The Kaifeng Jews: A Reconsideration of Acculturation and Assimilation in a Comparative Perspective},
  author={Stephen Sharot},
  journal={Jewish Social Studies},
  pages={179 - 203}
  • S. Sharot
  • Published 22 August 2007
  • History
  • Jewish Social Studies
The permeable boundaries of the major components of Chinese religion (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism) and the relatively tolerant pluralism of the religious milieu are important factors in accounting for the religious acculturation of the Jewish community in the Chinese city of Kaifeng. A comparison of the acculturation of Chinese Jews with that of Muslims in Imperial China shows that, though the small size of the Jewish community and its lack of contact with other Jewish communities for a long… 

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