Indonesia is the home of the largest single Muslim community of the world. Its Christian community, about 10% of the population, has until now received no overall description in English. Through cooperation of 26 Indonesian and European scholars, Protestants and Catholics, a broad and balanced picture is given of its 24 million Christians. This book sketches the growth of Christianity during the Portuguese period (1511-1605), it presents a fair account of developments under the Dutch colonial administration (1605-1942) and is more elaborate for the period of the Indonesian Republic (since 1945). It emphasizes the regional differences in this huge country, because most Christians live outside the main island of Java. Muslim-Christian relations, as well as the tensions between foreign missionaries and local theology, receive special attention.
A History of Christianity in Indonesia
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.
By Gwyn Campbell
This book reveals the hitherto hidden history of inter-missionary dispute that split the first LMS mission to Madagascar. Focussing on David Griffiths, whose pivotal role was concealed by the LMS, it suggests that Welsh-English rivalry moulded the mission’s destiny.
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.
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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