Joseph Edkins (December 19, 1823 – April 23, 1905), known in Chinese as Ai Dijin 艾迪瑾 or Ai Yuese 艾約瑟, was a British Protestant missionary and Sinologist who published many works on the Chinese language and Chinese religion. He was involved with several key institutions of 19th century Chinese history, including the London Missionary Society and the Imperial Maritime Customs Service, and he was one of several missionaries in Shanghai who visited the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom based in Nanjing to determine the nature of their self-proclaimed Christian faith. Many of Edkins' books were reference works, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, catalogs, etc.

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