Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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al-Yābānī
(709 words)

, the modern Arabic term for a person of Japanese descent.

1. Islam in Modern Japan. The Japanese began to receive information about the Islamic world through Chinese sources beginning in the 8th century. However, it was not until the early 18th century that a substantial introduction to the Middle East and Islam was written in Japanese by a Confucian intellectual and politician, Arai Hakuseki (1657-1725), mainly based on questions asked of the Italian Jesuit missionary Giovanni Battista Sidotti. From the …

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Sato, T., “al-Yābānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1352>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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