1st Edition

The Quaker World

Edited By C. Wess Daniels, Rhiannon Grant Copyright 2023
    542 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Quaker World is an outstanding, comprehensive and lively introduction to this complex Christian denomination. Exploring the global reach of the Quaker community, the book begins with a discussion of the living community, as it is now, in all its diversity and complexity.

    The book covers well-known areas of Quaker development, such as the formation of Liberal Quakerism in North America, alongside topics which have received much less scholarly attention in the past, such as the history of Quakers in Bolivia and the spread of Quakerism in Western Kenya. It includes over sixty chapters by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary team of contributors and is organised into three clear parts:

    • Global Quakerism
    • Spirituality
    • Embodiment

    Within these sections, key themes are examined, including global Quaker activity, significant Quaker movements, biographies of key religious figures, important organisations, pacifism, politics, the abolition of slavery, education, industry, human rights, racism, refugees, gender, disability, sexuality and environmentalism.

    The Quaker World provides an authoritative and accessible source of information on all topics important to Quaker Studies. As such, it is essential reading for students studying world religions, Christianity and comparative religion, and it will also be of interest to those in related fields such as sociology, political science, anthropology and ethics.

    Introduction C. Wess Daniels and Rhiannon Grant

    Part I: Global Quakerism

    1. Quakers in Africa: History of the Quaker Movement in Africa Robert J. Wafula

    2. Transmission of Quaker Missionary Ideas as a Development of Christianity in Western Kenya, 1902 to 1970 Sychellus Wabomba Njibwakale

    3. A Brief History of Quakers in South Africa Penelope Cummins

    4. Quakers in Bolivia: The Beginning of Bolivian Friends Emma Condori Mamani

    5. European Quakers Hans Eirik Aarek

    6. Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas Robin Mohr

    7. Together Apart: An Overview of the Asia-West Pacific Section (AWPS) Ronis Chapman and Virginia Jealous

    8. Nitobe Inaz┼Ź and Quaker Influences on Japanese Colonial Thought Isaac Barnes May and Richard J. Barnes

    9. Progress Friends: Shaping the Liberal Quaker Past and Present Chuck Fager

    10. Stubborn Friends: Quakers and Native Americans in the Long Nineteenth Century Damon B. Akins

    11. Evangelical Friends Jennifer M. Buck

    12. Richard Foster (1942-) Jennifer M. Buck

    13. Movements Within Quakerism - Liberalism Isaac Barnes May

    14. The Life and Thought of Rufus Jones (1863-1948) Richard Kent Evans

    15. H. Louise Brown Wilson (1921-2014): Exemplary North Carolina Conservative Friend Lloyd Lee Wilson

    16. The Incorporation of Committees: The Development of Quaker Institutions Robin Mohr

    17. The Religious Roots of the Quaker Way Stuart Masters

    18. Quakerism in the Eighteenth Century Andrew Fincham

    19. Elizabeth Fletcher: The Youngest of the Valiant Sixty Barbara Schell Luetke

    20. Biography of Margaret Fell Kristianna Polder

    Part II: Spirituality

    21. Quaker Spiritual Autobiography Andrew Pisano

    22. Bayard T. Rustin: The Faith of a Conscientious Objector in the 1940s Carlos Figueroa

    23. Thomas Kelly's Mystical Itinerary as a Spiritual Orientation for Personal Spirituality David Pocta

    24. Hannah Whitall Smith: Nineteenth-Century Free-lance Quaker Heretic Carole Dale Spencer

    25. Loving "That of God": Participatory Love and the Quaker Way Matt Boswell

    26. How Far the Theological Message of Liberal British Quakerism Has Changed Over the Last Fifty Years: An Analysis of Key Introductory Texts for Enquirers Hugh Jones

    27. Quaker Decision-Making Meetings Through the Ages: Consistency and Variation Judith Roads

    28. Quaker Decision-Making Process: The Case of Burundi Yearly Meeting David Niyonzima

    29. The Work of Equality: Supporting Quaker Women in Ministry Ashley M. Wilcox

    30. William Penn's Pragmatic Christology: A Christian Philosophy of Religion(s) Benjamin J. Wood

    31. Liberal Quaker Pneumatology Christy Randazzo

    32. Baptized With the Holy Spirit Emma Condori Mamani

    33. Language, Labels and Beyond: The Shifting Foci of Concern Over Adequte Representation in the Liberal Quaker 'Theism-Nontheism Debate' Stewart David Yarlett

    34. Worshipping at the Edge of Words: The Work of Silence and Speech in Meeting for Worship Ann Wrightson

    35. Testimony as Consequence: The Reinvention of Tradition Pink Dandelion

    Part III: Embodiment

    36. Networked to Freedom, but Not My Neighbour: Complicating Legacies of Quakers and the Enslaved Population of North Carolina Krishuna Hines-Gather

    37. Sarah Mapps Douglas: An American Saint Abigail Lawrence

    38. Quaker Advocacy for Peace: From Grassroots to Congress Diane Randall

    39. The Political Activist Life of Pragmatic Quaker Bayard T. Rustin Carlos Figueroa

    40. The Body Is Enough: Towards a Liberal Quaker Theology of Disability Benjamin J. Wood

    41. Theological Foundations in Disability Issues: Evaluating the African Christian Quaker Experience Oscar Lugusa Malande

    42. Representations of Quakers in Television and Film: An Overview Stephen D. Brooks

    43. Quakers Will Soon Engross the Whole Trade of the Kingdom Michael Dutch

    44. John Woolman and Delaware Indians: Envisioning Cross-Cultural Peace in a Time of Conflict Jon R. Kershner

    45. A Short History of Quakers Inclusion of Gay and Lesbian People Brian T. Blackmore

    46. Young Adult Quakers and Epilogue: A Case Study of an 'Alternative' Worshipping Community Matt Alton

    47. Quaker Archives in the United States Mary Crauderueff

    48. Dismantling White Supremacy in Quaker Archives: A Case Study Mary Crauderueff

    49. The Economic and Political Theology of James Naylor Stuart Masters

    50. George Cadbury: Faith in Practice Andy Fincham

    51. Quaker Dress Deb Fuller

    52. Modern Understandings of Plain Dress Mackenzie Morgan

    53. Capturing the Light: Materializing Past Quaker Lives Christopher Allison

    54. Quakers and Other Animals Chris Lord

    55. Quakers and Marriage Kristianna Polder

    56. Paul Cuffe' Economic Religion: Cuffe's Quaker Identity Beyond the Race Hero Archetype Timothy Rainey II

    57. Distinctive and Harmless? Quaker Nonviolence as a Resource for Future Religiosity Stewart David Yarlett

    58. British Quakers and the Boer War, 1899-1902 Penelope Cummins

    59. Quaker Workcamps Greg Woods

    60. The Ramallah Friends Meeting: Examining 100 Years of Peace and Justice Work Maia Carter Hallward

    61. 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything': The Friends Ambulance Unit, 1914-1959 Rebecca Wynter



    C. Wess Daniels is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College, United States. He is the author of Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation (2019) and A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing The Quaker Tradition in Participatory Culture (2015).

    Rhiannon Grant is Deputy Programme Leader in the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Modern Quaker Thought at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Her most recent books are Theology from Listening: Finding the Core of Liberal Quaker Theological Thought (2020) and Hearing the Light: The Core of Quaker Theology (2021).