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Palgrave Macmillan

Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India

Telugu Women in Mission

ISBN 9781137383082
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Postcolonialism and Religions

Beginning in the nineteenth century, native women preachers served and led nascent Protestant churches in much of Southern India. Even while allying with their missionary employers, they evolved their own mission theology and practices. This volume identifies what Telugu Biblewomen believed their mission to be and how they practiced it. It also examines the impact of Telugu culture and socio-political dynamics, such as caste, gender, and empire, on the theology and practices of the Telugu Biblewomen.

James Taneti is Adjunct Professor at Campbell University Divinity School, USA, and the author of History of the Telugu Christians: A Bibliography.

PART I: INTRODUCTION
PART II: FOREMOTHERS AND FOREIGN SISTERS
1. Telugu Women and the Spread of Christianity
2. Early Dalit Conversions and Women Evangelists
3. British Biblewomen and Their Ministerial Practices
PART III: THE MEETING OF TWO WORLDS IN ONE OFFICE:1880-1921
4. The Beginnings of the Office among the Telugus
5. Early Recruitment Patterns in the Northern Circars
6. Early Training Patterns
7. Characteristic Features of the Office in the Northern Circars
PART IV: INSTITUTIONALIZING A MINISTRY: 1922-194
8. A Changing Social Landscape
9. Missionary Anxiety amid Growing 'Nationalist' Sentiments
10. Waves of Sudhra Conversions to Protestant Christianity
11. New Institutions of Higher Education
12. Mission and Motives
13. Training for Home and Village
14. New Patterns of Relationship
15. Seeking Social Respect through Home-making
16. Social Fabric of the Profession
PART V: A LOCAL MANIFESTATION OF A GLOBAL OFFICE
17. Globalization of the Office
18. Universal Traits
19. Appropriated in Andhra
PART VI: CONCLUSION

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