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De Nobili, Roberto (1577–1656). Christian Jesuit missionary. Despite family opposition, he became a Jesuit in 1596/7 and was sent to India in 1605. In contrast to the established missions which sought a disjunctive conversion from all things Indian, de Nobili learnt the languages and adopted the style of a saṃnyāsin. Other Christians objected on grounds of a betrayal of Christianity, and he was inhibited from activity. His appeal to Rome was eventually upheld, in Romanae Sedis Antistes. His pioneering attempt (like that of Ricci in China) to distinguish the gospel from the external aspects of the Church was an important step on the path to the indigenization of Christianity.

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Nobili, Roberto de

Roberto de Nobili (rōbĕr´tō dā nō´bēlē), 1577–1656, Italian Jesuit missionary. He was ordained in Rome in 1603 after seven years of training in Naples and sailed the following year for India with a group of Portuguese missionaries. For his unconventional adoption of Hindu customs, he was censured by the authorities in 1610 and compelled to petition an inquisition headed by the archbishop of Goa for approval of his methods. Until his work was again permitted (1623), de Nobili wrote many religious books, including Sanskrit translations of Christian writings.

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Nobili, Roberto de (Christian Jesuit missionary): see DE NOBILI, ROBERTO.

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