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.
Table of Contents
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.