Historiography of Christianity in India

Hardcover | January 15, 2013

byJohn C.B. Webster

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Moving beyond the missionary perspective, this book adopts a historian's approach to the documentation of Christianity in the region. Webster's first-hand knowledge of social dynamics of the region as well as familiarity with sources form the basis of this socio-cultural history of theChristians in India. Wide in its scope, his narrative reaches back to the early days of the Europeans in India, as well as strides forward in meeting the challenges of modern India like religious conversion and identity of Indian Christians. From tracking down the elusive Ditt in Indian Christian history to theunderstanding of Christianity through the perspectives of subalterns like women and Dalits, this book furthers a case for the interpretation of Indian social history through Christian history of the region. This book will interest scholars, researchers, and students of Indian religious history, religion, sociology, Dalit studies, and Christianity studies.

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Moving beyond the missionary perspective, this book adopts a historian's approach to the documentation of Christianity in the region. Webster's first-hand knowledge of social dynamics of the region as well as familiarity with sources form the basis of this socio-cultural history of theChristians in India. Wide in its scope, his narrati...

John C.B. Webster is a trustee at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. He has previously taught at Baring Union Christian College, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, as well as at the United Theological College in Bangalore.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089201

ISBN - 13:9780198089209

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The History of Christianity in India: Aims and Methods2. The Contribution of the Historian to Theological Research in India3. The Identity of Indian Christians4. A Quest for the Historical Ditt5. The Women of Amritsar through Missionary Eyes6. Christian History as Indian Social History: A Review of the Literature7. Dalit Christian History: Themes and TrendsConclusion: Re-examining Basic AssumptionsBiblographyIndex