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Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito Desideri's Mission to Tibet

Trent Pomplun


This book is the first full‐length study in any language of Ippolito Desideri (1684–1733), a Jesuit missionary who traveled in Tibet from 1715 to 1721. Based on close readings of a wide range of primary sources in Tibetan, Italian, and Latin, it follows Desideri's journey across the great Western deserts of Tibet, his entry into the court of the Mongol chieftain Lhazang Khan, and his flight across Eastern Tibet during the wars that shook Tibet during the early eighteenth century. While telling of these events, Desideri relates the dramatic encounter between his Thomist philosophy and the schol ... More

Keywords: Tibet, Buddhism, Catholicism, Jesuit, religion, history, cultural studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trent Pomplun, author
Loyola College in Maryland, USA
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