By Heather J. Sharkey
In 1854, American Presbyterian missionaries arrived in Egypt as a part of a bigger Anglo-American Protestant circulation aiming for world wide evangelization. safe by means of British imperial energy, and later by way of mounting American worldwide impression, their company flourished through the subsequent century. American Evangelicals in Egypt follows the continued and sometimes unforeseen adjustments initiated via missionary actions among the mid-nineteenth century and 1967--when the Six-Day Arab-Israeli battle uprooted the american citizens in Egypt.
Heather Sharkey makes use of Arabic and English assets to make clear the various features of missionary encounters with Egyptians. those happened via associations, similar to faculties and hospitals, and during literacy courses and rural improvement initiatives that expected later efforts of NGOs. To Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians, missionaries awarded new versions for civic participation and for women's roles in collective worship and neighborhood lifestyles. whilst, missionary efforts to transform Muslims and reform Copts prompted new kinds of Egyptian social activism and triggered nationalists to enact legislation limiting missionary actions. confronted through Islamic strictures and customs concerning apostasy and conversion, and through expectancies concerning the right constitution of Christian-Muslim relatives, missionaries in Egypt trigger debates approximately spiritual liberty that reverberate even this day. eventually, the missionary event in Egypt ended in reconsiderations of undertaking coverage and evangelism in ways in which had long term repercussions for the tradition of yankee Protestantism.
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American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World) by Heather J. Sharkey