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Turning to the East. Medieval Franciscan Missions to Asia

Missions among unbelievers were instrumental in forming the identity of the early Franciscan Order. However the opening up of Eastern Asia as mission territory brought about a fundamental change in the quality of the mission in comparison to the first wave of missionary activity in Muslim territory, and thus the thesis developed here. Case examples will play out how the missionaries in Eastern Asia made their mark as trustees of Franciscan identity. This will allow the functions, forms, strategies in Asian territories and the resulting information send back to Central European headquarters to be illuminated with more precision.

Anne Müller, University of Dresden