1st Edition

Cultural Encounters in India The Local Co-workers of Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuries

By Heike Liebau Copyright 2018
    566 Pages
    by Routledge

    566 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book is an English translation of an award winning German book. 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 in the Tranquebar  Mission (1706-1845). The book challenges the notion that Christianity in colonial India was basically imposed from the outside. Liebau maintains that  significant contributions  were made by  the local converts and mission co-workers who played an important role in the Tranquebar Mission.

    Introduction 1. History of the Tranquebar Mission 2. Local Mission Workers 3. The Hierarchical Structure of the Mission Organization 4. Dialogue and Conflict 5. The Role of Local Mission Employees in Education 6. Women in the Tranquebar Mission 7. Concluding Observations: Indian Mission Employees and European-Indian Cultural Contact.

    Biographies of South Indian Country Pastors


    Heike Liebau is Senior Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. Her research interest lies in the history of cultural encounters, biographical studies and questions of knowledge production. She is the co-editor of Halle and the Beginning of Protestant Christianity in India (with Y. Vincent Kumaradoss and Andreas Gross), Halle 2006; and of The World in World Wars: Experiences, Perceptions and Perspectives from Africa and Asia (with Katrin  Bromber, Katharina Lange, Dyala Hamzah, Ravi Ahuja), Leiden, Boston 2010.