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Religious Transformation in South AsiaThe Meanings of Conversion in Colonial Punjab$
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Christopher Harding

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548224.001.0001

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Living in New Traditions

Living in New Traditions

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Religious Transformation in South Asia

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This chapter looks at missionary and convert attempts to construct a Christian community life in the wake of the mass movements, including attempted socialization through education, ceremony, and general welfare. Frustrations on all sides are highly revealing of the expectations with which mission personnel and converts entered uncertain associations with one another. Contests over the question of ‘what does it mean to be a Christian?’ and attempts by the CMS and the Capuchins to win influence in scattered convert communities are the principal focus, setting the tone as they did for future generations of Punjabi Christians.

Keywords:   community, construct, build, convert, mass movements, contest, education, school, medicine, hospital

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