European Evangelicals in Egypt (1900-1956)

Cultural Entanglements and Missionary Spaces

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Missionary institutions were social spaces of closest encounters between Europeans and various segments of the Egyptian society, during the period of British colonialism. In European Evangelicals in Egypt (1900-1956) Samir Boulos develops a theory of cultural exchange that is based on the examination of interactions, experiences and discourses in the context of missionary institutions.

Drawing upon oral history interviews as well as rich Egyptian, British and German archival sources, a multifaceted perspective is offered, revealing the complexity and dynamics of mission encounters. Focusing on the everyday life in missionary institutions, experiences of former Egyptian missionary students, local employees, as well as of European missionaries, Samir Boulos explores mutual transformation processes particularly on the individual but also on institutional and social level.
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Biographical Note

Samir Boulos, received his Ph.D. (2015) in Islamic Studies from the University of Zurich. He has published on cultural encounters, history of education and on Muslim-Christian relations.

Review Quotes

Mit European Evangelicals in Europe legt der Historiker Boulos eine methodisch reflektierte und überzeugend argumentierende Studie vor. (...) Eine Stärke des Buchs liegt in der differenzierten Interpretation der Zeitungen-Interviews. Hier gelingt es B., wichtige Feinheiten und Subtexte herauszuarbeiten. Auffallend is auch die detaillierte und ausführliche Analyse von Sauberkeits- und Hygienekonzepten der Missionare und ihre interkulturellen under interreligiösen Bezüge. (...) B.' sehr lesenswerte Studie leistet nicht nur ein wichtigen Beitrag zur Missionsgeschichte und Geschichte Ägyptens, sie unterstreicht auch den unbedingten Vorrang mitmenschlicher Achtung in der interreligiösen Kommunikation.
F. Walldorf, in Theologische Literaturzeitung 142 (2017).

Table of contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Transliteration and Transcription
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations

Introduction

Chapter 1 Historical Context: Egypt and the Christian Mission

Chapter 2 Missionaries’ Self-Understanding

Chapter 3 Missionary Educational Work

Chapter 4 Health and Christian Mission

Chapter 5 Traces of Missionary Work

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

Readership

All interested in cultural exchange processes in general and cultural encounters between Europeans and Middle Easterners in particular, in Muslim-Christian relations, oral history, history of Egypt, colonialism and religion, as well as in history of Christian missions and of education.