CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
The Local Co-workers of Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuries
German Writings on India and South Asia
This is the second book in this Series and has been awarded for excellence in scholarship.
Cultural Encounters in India : The Local Co-workers of Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuries is an English translation of an award winning German book. It is now available for the first time to the English speaking world.
The history of social and religious encounter in 18th century South India is narrated through fascinating biographies and day to day lives of Indian workers who worked in the first organised Protestant mission enterprise in India, the Tranquebar Mission (1706-1845). The Mission was originally initiated by the Danish King Friedrich IV, but sustained by religious authorities and mission organisations and supporters in Germany and Britain.
The book challenges the notion that Christianity in colonial India was basically imposed from the outside. It also questions the approaches to mission history concentrating exclusively on European mission societies. Liebau maintains that the social history of 18th century South India cannot be understood without considering the contributions of the local converts and mission co-workers who played an important role from the very beginning in the context of Tranquebar Mission.
- History of the Tranquebar Mission
- Formation and Development of the Group of National Workers
- Between Obedience and Individual Responsibility
- Kinship Relation within the Group of National Workers
Heike Liebau is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (Berlin).
556pp | 215x140 mm | Hardback
Tentative Pub price: 750