In 1838, William Ellis of the LMS published a History of Madagascar―considered a key primary source for nineteenth-century Malagasy history. Four years later, David Griffiths, longest serving member of the Madagascar Mission, published Hanes Madagascar (“History of Madagascar”) in Welsh. Campbell’s study explores the intriguing relationship between these works and their authors. It analyses the role of Griffiths; presents evidence that much of Ellis’ History derived from Griffiths’ research; and presents the first ever translation of Hanes Madagascar (with extensive annotations). This study suggests that the tensions arising from the different cultural perceptions of Welsh and English missionaries moulded the destiny of the Madagascar mission. It will hopefully inspire re-evaluation of other missions and their relationship to British imperial policy.
David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar”
By Ingie Hovland.
In Mission Station Christianity, Ingie Hovland presents an anthropological history of the Norwegian missionaries in nineteenth-century colonial Natal and Zululand (Southern Africa), focusing especially on how their mission station spaces influenced their daily Christianity, and vice versa.
by John M. Flannery (Associate Member, Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London)
In The Mission of the Portuguese Augustinians to Persia and Beyond (1602-1747), John M. Flannery examines aspects of the establishment and activities of the Portuguese Augustinian mission in Persia and subsequent missions to Georgia and Basra.
by Karina Hestad Skeie
In Building God’s Kingdom Karina Hestad Skeie analyzes Malagasy influence on the nineteenth century Norwegian mission in highland Madagascar. Exploring the encounters' material, spatial and symbolic aspects, the study reveals the complex dynamics of mission encounters.
Edited by Hilde Nielssen, Inger Marie Okkenhaug, Karina Hestad Skeie
This book makes visible an important but neglected aspect of Christian missions: its transnational character. Missionaries considered themselves global actors, yet they operated within a variety of nation-states. The volume demonstrates how processes on a national level are closely linked to ...
This book offers a detailed study of how the practices and notions of the Basel Mission regarding women and gender were received, conceptualised and negotiated in local terms in pre and early colonial Ghanaian societies, 1843-1885.
By Felicity Jensz
This book is a nuanced critique of German Moravian missionaries’ work amongst indigenous Australians within British colonial Australia. It examines tensions between religion and politics and the strained positions in which the missionaries found themselves working within a settler society.
Tomas Sundnes Drønen
Describing a fascinating case from the modern mission movement in Africa, this book offers new and valuable insight from the encounter between the Dii people and Norwegian missionaries. Spiritual and social changes were results of fascination, miscommunication and constant negotiation in a ...
This book offers a pioneering account of the relationship between missionary work and masculinity. By examining four individual men this study explores how self-making occurred within foreign missions, but also how conceptions of male gender informed missionary work.
Edited by Jan Sihar Aritonang and Karel Steenbrink
This book gives the history of Christians in Indonesia during the Portuguese period (1511-1605), under Dutch colonialism (1605-1942) and more elaborate for the period of the Indonesian Republic (since 1945). Its authors were equally divided between Protestants and Catholics.
Stefan Höschele (Friedensau Adventist University)
Tanzanian Adventism exemplifies one of the most fascinating shifts in the history of religions: the growth of Christianity in Africa. Most striking in this account is the analysis of a minority denomination’s transformation to a veritable “folk church.”
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