Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-cultural Communication Since 1500, with Special Reference to Caste, Conversion, and Colonialism

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Robert Eric Frykenberg, Alaine M. Low
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003 - Religion - 419 pages
This interesting volume challenges the long-held assumption thatChristianity in India is nothing but a colonial or Western imposition. Leading experts here chronicle the histories and cultures ofIndia's many Christian communities and show that local Indianleaders were the real agents of religious change in the subcontinent.

These chapters range widely over various facets of Indiansociety and its religious developments. Of crucial importance isthe fact that in exploring their subjects the contributors take painsto avoid the Eurocentric nature of most studies of India and represent Christianity from a genuinely Indocentric perspective. Theresult is an entirely new vista from which to view the history, features, and influence of Indian Christianity.Contributors: Peter B. Andersen
Michael Bergunder
MarineCarrin
Penelope Carson
Gunnel Cederlof
Robert Eric Frykenberg
E. M. Jackson
Heike Liebau
Iwona Milewska
Geoffrey A.Oddie
Indira Viswanathan Peterson
Avril Powell
Paula Richman
Jayeeta Sharma
Harald Tambs-Lyche
Richard Fox Young

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A well-written scholarly book on Indian Missions. The Author is well known scholar in Indian Christianity, focuses mainly South Indian Christianity. This also helped me to understand different ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction Dealing with Contested Definitions and Controversial Perspectives
1
Christians in India An Historical Overview of Their Complex Origins
33
First European Missionaries on Sanskrit Grammar
62
Country Priests Catechists and Schoolmasters as Cultural Religious and Social Middlemen in the Context of the Tranquebar Mission
70
Tanjore Tranquebar and Halle European Science and German Missionary Education in the Lives of Two Indian Intellectuals in the Early Nineteenth ...
93
Christianity Colonialism and Hinduism in Kerala Integration Adaptation or Confrontation?
127
Constructing Hinduism The Impact of the Protestant Missionary Movement on Hindu SelfUnderstanding
155
Receding from Antiquity Hindu Responses to Science and Christianity on the Margins of Empire 18001850
183
Missionaries and Print Culture in NineteenthCentury Assam The Orunodoi Periodical of the American Baptist Mission
256
The Santals Though Unable to Plan for Tomorrow Should Be Converted by Santals
274
Christian Missionaries and Orientalist Discourse Illustrated by Materials on the Santals after 1855
295
Glimpses of a Prominent Indian Christian Family of Tirunelveli and Madras 18631906 Perspectives on Caste Culture and Conversion
315
Social Mobilization among People Competing at the Bottom Level of Society The Presence of Missions in Rural South India ca 19001950
336
From Pentecostal Healing Evangelist to Kalki Avatar The Remarkable Life of Paulaseer Lawrie alias Shree Lahari Krishna 19211989 A Contribution...
357
Praising Baby Jesus in Iyecupiran Pillaittamil
376
Index
398

Pillar of a New Faith Christianity in LateNineteenthCentury Punjab from the Perspective of a Convert from Islam
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Page 63 - The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists...
Page 63 - ... perhaps, no longer exists. There is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothick and the Celtick, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit ; and the old Persian might be added to the same family, if this were the place for discussing any question concerning the antiquities of Persia.
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Page 122 - His stables contain several fine English horses ; but that of which he is most justly proud, as the rarest curiosity of an Indian Court, is an English printing-press, worked by native Christians, in which they struck off a sentence in Mahratta in the Bishop's presence in honour of his visit.
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Page 122 - ... Sanscrit manuscripts. In the adjoining room is an airpump, an electrifying machine, an ivory skeleton, astronomical instruments, and several other cases of books, many of which are on the subject of medicine, which was for some years his favorite study.

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