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Author Sharkey, Heather J. (Heather Jane), 1967-

Title American evangelicals in Egypt : missionary encounters in an age of empire / Heather J. Sharkey
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 318 pages) : illustrations
Series Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Contents The American missionary encounter in Egypt -- The American mission, Coptic reform, and the making of an Egyptian evangelical community, 1854-82 -- The colonial moment of the American mission, 1882-1918 -- Egyptian nationalism, religious liberty, and the rethinking of the American mission, 1918-45 -- The mission of the American University in Cairo -- Turning to the life of the church: American mission in an age of Egyptian decolonization and Arab-Israeli politics, 1945-67 -- Conclusion: conversions and transformations
Summary "Heather Sharkey uses Arabic and English sources to shed light on the many facets of missionary encounters with Egyptians. These occurred through institutions, such as schools and hospitals, and through literacy programs and rural development projects that anticipated later efforts of NGOs. To Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians, missionaries presented new models for civic participation and for women's roles in collective worship and community life. At the same time, missionary efforts to convert Muslims and reform Copts stimulated new forms of Egyptian social activism and prompted nationalists to enact laws restricting missionary activities. Faced by Islamic strictures and customs regarding apostasy and conversion, and by expectations regarding the proper structure of Christian-Muslim relations, missionaries in Egypt set off debates about religious liberty that reverberate even today. Ultimately, the missionary experience in Egypt led to reconsiderations of mission policy and evangelism in ways that had long-term repercussions for the culture of American Protestantism."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-306) and index
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Subject Americans -- Egypt -- History.
Presbyterian Church -- Missions -- Egypt.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008004540
ISBN 1299611826 (electronic bk.)
1400837251 (electronic bk.)
9781299611825 (electronic bk.)
9781400837250 (electronic bk.)