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Vietnamese Moses: Philiphe Binh and the Geographies of Early Modern Catholicism

George E. Dutton


This book tells the story of an 18th-century Vietnamese Catholic priest who traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuit Christians. It is both a biography of this priest, Philiphe Binh, based on his surviving writings, and an exploration of the geographical dimensions of early modern Vietnamese Catholicism. The book argues that global and local geographies of the Roman Catholic church profoundly shaped the lives of Vietnamese Christians in the early modern era, whether in terms of the parishes and vicariates th ... More

Keywords: Vietnam, Catholicism, Portugal, Jesuits, Geography, Worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293434
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George E. Dutton, author
University of California, Los Angeles