As an active missionary to China from a family of missionaries, Broomhall wrote with an authoritative familiarity of his subject. The concern he addressed in this treatise was the presence of Islam in China. Beginning with the history of Islam in China, Broomhall explores the interactions between aspects of Chinese culture and Islamic religion with an eye towards the effect on evangelization.
In an age of increasingly stressed-out, long, mundance working hours "The Importance of Being Idle" is a call to arms for would-be loafers everywhere to man their armchairs and turn their hands to absolutely nothings whatsoever. Offering inspirational advice, age-old proverbs, quotations and philosophical dialogues it argues that idling has a centrally important role to play in both civilization and our day-to-day physical well-being. Covering every aspect from ambition to afternoon tea, Buddhism to beds, capitalism to curiosity, death to doing nothing, employment to excuses, it highlights the wisdom of the great idlers across the centuries to help the novice idler while away the lazy hours.
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