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Religions in Conflict - Ideology, Cultural Contact and Conversion in Late C
Religions in Conflict - Ideology, Cultural Contact and Conversion in Late C

Religions in Conflict - Ideology, Cultural Contact and Conversion in Late C

by Antony Copley

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195649109 - Year: 1999 - Pages: 279

Binding

Paperback

Antony Copley

Author: Antony Copley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 279
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195649109

Description

This study of grassroots inter-faith relationships explores the impact of missionary endeavors on Indian religions, in particular Hinduism, but also Islam and Sikhism.

This work is the story of Protestant missions and Indian Christianity in the mid-nineteenth century. Looking in particular at eastern and northern India as well as Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra, this book studies certain crucial themes pertaining to Christianity in India: Mission as ideology; the nature of the cultural contact between Missions and Indian religions; the conversion experience of an Indian minority and the consequent conflict of cultural loyalties within an Indian Christian elite.

In doing so it opens up a wider debate on the nature of imperialism and proto-nationalism. At one level it looks at how the missionary ideology ties up with imperialism, and at another at the ideology developed by Indian religions to fend off the missionary onslaught. The author argues that India's traditional institutions and their functionaries did more to ward off this challenge than did the later religious reform movements.

Contents

PART I : MISSION IDEOLOGY IN CONTEXT

Prologue

CHAPTER I
Ideology and Strategy

CHAPTER II
Cultural Context

PART II : MISSION AND CULTURAL CONTACT

CHAPTER III
Missionary Case-Studies : Bengal

CHAPTER IV
Missionary Case-Studies : Lower Hindustan

CHAPTER V
Missionary Case-Studies : Upper Hindustan

CHAPTER VI
Missionary Case-Studies : The South

PART III : INDIAN CHRISTIANS AND CONVERSION

CHAPTER VII
Conversion : Case-Studies from the South

CHAPTER VIII
Conversion : Case-Studies from Bengal and the North

Epilogue
A Select Bibliography
Index

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