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Religious Transformation in South Asia: The Meanings of Conversion in Colonial Punjab

Christopher Harding


This book investigates mass conversion movements towards Christianity in late colonial India, examining the internal dynamics of conversion and Christian community-building in the region of Punjab. It follows the tempestuous local relationships which lay at the heart of religious transformation, from tensions both within and between the missions of the (Catholic) Belgian Capuchins and (British Evangelical) Church Missionary Society to the incompatibilities of aspiration where oppressed rural low-caste — so-called ‘Chuhra’ — converts, as well as mission personnel and institutions, were concerne ... More

Keywords: mass movements, Belgium, Capuchin, Church Missionary Society, CMS, conversion, catechist, agency, Christian village, Punjab

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Harding, author
Lecturer in Asian History, University of Edinburgh
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