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Expansion in the Ottoman Empire

Sarah A. Curtis

in Civilizing Habits

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394184
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394184.003.0007
Expansion in the Ottoman Empire

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From her base in Tunisia and Malta, Vialar expanded to newly independent Greece and the Ottoman Empire. In these locales, the SSJA competed with other missionary groups, including Protestants and Orthodox. The region was also the site of national rivalries as European nations, including France, tried to increase their influence in a period of Ottoman instability. The Catholic church also sought a return to the Holy Land through increased visibility and missionary work. The goal of the SSJA was to pursue its mission without becoming enmeshed in these national and religious rivalries. This chapter examines the degree to which Catholic nuns were imperial agents in this period, as well as the advantages that women missionaries brought to extending Catholic influence in a Muslim empire.

Keywords: Emilie de Vialar; Greece; Ottoman Empire; Holy Land; imperial agents; women missionaries; Catholic church; Muslim

Chapter.  11231 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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