Visions of the Future

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

 Visions of the Future

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This chapter explores the Christian village experiment. Brand new villages, constructed by the missions on land reclaimed through canal irrigation in western Punjab, offered missionaries control of the natural, socio-economic, and religious environment in engineering the ideal Christian communities of the future. Free now of old, oppressive village ties that they had once hoped simply to re-negotiate, the small numbers of converts who moved to the new villages had high expectations of their own. In particular, the CMS village of Clarkabad and the Capuchin village of Maryabad had the potential finally to stretch the mission-convert relationship to breaking point.

Keywords: Clarkabad; Maryabad; Mariabad; Maryamabad; canal colony; irrigation; Punjab; Montgomerywala

Chapter.  13421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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