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EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS AS MISSIONARY <i>DUBASHIS</i>: CONDUITS OF CROSS‐CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0006

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS AS MISSIONARY DUBASHIS: CONDUITS OF CROSS‐CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

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Missionaries, along with their indigenous collaborators, functioned as dubashis — as ‘go-betweens’ or conduits for information flowing between two civilizations. This chapter focuses on the nature and the results of the efforts of Christian dubashis. It argues that the functions and roles of dubashi Christians, whether they were Europeans or Native Indians, were essentially, inherently, and intrinsically infrastructural. This means that despite rhetorical claims to the contrary by adversaries of Christian missionary movements in India, their task was always relatively humble.

Keywords: missionaries; dubashis; Christianity; pietism; Benjamin Schultz; Friedrich Schwartz

Chapter.  11666 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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