Christopher Harding

in Religious Transformation in South Asia

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548224
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720697 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This chapter introduces the major questions and problems which the book seeks to tackle, placing them in historical and historiographical context. Following an overview of the conversion movements in India more generally (c.1860-1930), the main protagonists in the book are introduced: rural converts in Punjab, the Belgian Capuchins, and the Church Missionary Society. Methodological and archival issues are discussed towards the end of the chapter, which concludes with an indication of the structure taken by the book.

Keywords: mass movements; Belgium; Capuchin; Church Missionary Society; conversion; catechist; Christian village; Punjab; subaltern; low caste

Chapter.  9397 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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