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Lishu gangmu 禮書綱目

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The Lishu gangmu 禮書綱目 "Outlines and Details of the Ritual Books" is a treatise on the ritual classics of the Confucian Canon compiled by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Jiang Yong 江永 (1681-1762). The title imitates the name of Zhu Xi's 朱熹 book Tongjian gangmu 通鑒綱目, a philosophical interpretation of Sima Guang's 司馬光 universal history Zizhi tongjian 資治通鑒. Zhu Xi, the great Neo-Confucian philosopher, had written a comprehensive explanation to the ritual classic Yili 儀禮 and its older commentaries, the Yili jingzhuan tongjie 儀禮經傳通解. This book had not been completed and was revised several times, but only Jiang Yong took over the task to finish a large commentary to the ritual classic. The idea of the "outlines and details" was also based on the structure of the Classic Zhouli 周禮 "Rites of the Zhou", but Jiang Yong's book covers all three ritual classics (Yili, Zhouli and Liji 禮記), and the topic of ritual music. For the 85 juan "scrolls" long book the author has critically investigated a large amount of books that provide detailed information on issued only touched superficially in the classical texs. In his compilation Jiang Yong respected the original text and arrangement of the Classics more than Zhu Xi's draft, in which some paragraphs had been rearranged according to the content. Compared to Zhu Xi's book therefore, Jiang Yong's text is in some places more logically structured and much more detailed, and therefore a very helpful text for the study of Confucian rituals.
There were several prints of the Lishu gangmu produced during the 19th century.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 234.

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