Protestant Missions and Local Encounters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Unto the Ends of the World


This book makes visible an important but largely neglected aspect of Christian missions: its transnational character. An interdisciplinary group of scholars present case-studies on missions and individual missionaries, unified by a common vision of expanding a Christian Empire “to the ends of the world”. Examples range from Madagascar, South-Africa, Palestine, Turkey, Tibet, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and Britain. Engaging in activities from education, health care and development aid to religion, ethnography and collection of material culture, Christian missionaries considered themselves as global actors working for the benefit of common humanity. Yet, the missionaries came from, and operated within a variety of nation-states. Thus this volume demonstrates how processes on a national level are closely linked to larger transnational processes.
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Biographical Note

Hilde Nielssen, Dr. Polit. (2004) in Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, researcher at the Department of Linguistics, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at University of Bergen. Her research ranges from museums and colonial culture to spirit possession rituals in Madagascar, and her publications include Ritual Imagination. Tromba possession among the Betsimisaraka of Eastern Madagascar (Brill, forthcoming 2011).

Inger Marie Okkenhaug, Ph.D., associate professor in history at Volda University College. She has co-edited several volumes and is the author of one book and numerous articles on women, missions and welfare in the Middle East. Her current research deals with missions, gender and relief in Armenia, Turkey and Syria, 1900-1950.

Karina Hestad Skeie, Dr. Art. (2005) in History of Religions, University of Oslo, Associate Professor in Intercultural Studies at NLA University College, Bergen. She works on religion and mission in Madagascar and Norway. Her publications include Building God's Kingdom in Highland Madagascar (Brill, forthcoming 2011).

Review Quotes

"This collection of essays is a welcome corrective to the imbalance towards Anglophone missions discernible in much recent writing."
Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh

Table of contents

Contributors include: Hilde Nielssen, Inger Marie Okkenhaug, Karina Hestad Skeie, Inbal Livne, Werner Ustorf, Lisbeth Mikaelsson, Sigurd Sandmo, Anne Folke Henningsen, Heleen Murre van den Berg, Deborah Gaitskell, Ruth Compton Brouwer, Michael Marten


Students and academics interested in history, religion and missions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, colonial studies, anthropology, museum studies and transnational history.


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