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Converting WomenGender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India$
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Eliza F. Kent

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165071.001.0001

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Women's Missionary Societies

Women's Missionary Societies

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Converting Women

Eliza F. Kent (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the extent to which evangelical Christianity empowered women missionaries and enabled them to challenge the patriarchal norms of missionary culture in India. It analyzes the conditions in the United States and Britain that gave rise to the women’s missionary project, and the theological dispositions shared by male and female missionaries of the time. It then compares the styles of two women missionaries who were motivated by two varieties of Protestant Christianity: Amy Carmichael, the Keswick missionary initially attached to the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society in Tirunelveli; and Eva Swift, a missionary sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the American Madurai Mission.

Keywords:   Protestant Christianity, women missionaries, missionary culture, India, United States, Britain

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