Dear Gillian I was researching the earliest records of Christianity in China, within Chinese language sources. Of course, there is talk of St Thomas going
RATIONALISING ‘天’ (TIAN1) IN MODERN CHINA The lecturer is correct about the Chinese ideogram ‘天’ (Tian1) but it is not as simple as he suggests.
Whereas ‘Islamo-fascism’ was developed by the United States to prevent the spread of Socialism throughout the impoverished tribal regions of the Hindu Kush (in Afghanistan),
Archaeologists said the Buddha statue, originally spotted by local villagers, is 3.8 meters tall and carved onto a cliff face. The base of a hall was also found under the water, indicating that a temple existed there.
When the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over-threw the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and chased the Mongolians out of China, the first emperor Hong Wu (1328-1396), instead of attacking the Islamic faith ordered that mosques be constructed so that Chinese Muslims could continue to pray and worship Allah. He also wrote a hundred character poem in praise of Islam – portraying the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as an enlightened sage of the highest order. This is significant as many descendents of Arab tradesmen practice (and preserve) Northern Chinese martial arts that often linked to Long Fist. Both Muslims (and Jews) have lived in China for many centuries.)