Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary
Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia
Edited by Heather J. Sharkey
"Uncovers important social and political ‘unexpected consequences’
that continue to ripple forward to this day."—David D. Grafton, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Heather J. Sharkey is associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic
Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Living with
Colonialism and American Evangelicals in Egypt.
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The essays in this volume study cultural conversions that arose
from missionary activities in the Middle East, Africa, and South
Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Both Catholic
and Protestant missionaries effected changes that often went
beyond what they had intended, sometimes backfiring against
the missions. These changes entailed wrenching political struggles
to redefine families, communities, and lines of authority.
This volume’s contributors examine the meanings of "conversion"
for individuals and communities in light of loyalties and
cultural traditions, and consider how conversion, as a process,
was often ambiguous. The history of Christian missions emerges
from these pages as an integral part of world history that
has stretched beyond professing Christians to affect the lives
of peoples who have consciously rejected or remained largely
unaware of missionary appeals.
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Part One: Christian Contestations
Part Two: Missionaries, Antimissionaries, and Doubters
Part Three: Missionaries, Language, and National Expression
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