Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel

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Indiana University Press, Jul 10, 2006 - Social Science - 472 pages
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This “fascinating historical account” of a Christian mission in Niger offers a personal and richly detailed look at religious institutions in the region (Religious Studies Review).

Barbara M. Cooper looks closely at the Sudan Interior Mission, an evangelical Christian mission that has taken a tenuous hold in a predominantly Hausa Muslim area on the southern fringe of Niger. Based on sustained fieldwork, personal interviews, and archival research, this vibrant, sensitive, compelling, and candid book gives a unique glimpse into an important dimension of religious life in Africa.

Cooper’s involvement in a violent religious riot provides a useful backdrop for introducing other themes and concerns such as Bible translation, medical outreach, public preaching, tensions between English-speaking and French-speaking missionaries, and the Christian mission’s changing views of Islam.

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Fundamental Differences
1 Anatomy of a Riot
2 Love and Violence
3 From Satans Masterpiece to The Social Problem of Islam
4 A Hausa Spiritual Vernacular
5 African Agency and the Growth of the Church in the Maradi Region 19271960
Defining Elderhood Christian Marriage and Gods Work 19331955
From VichyEra Travails to Postwar Triumph
SIMs Medical Work in Niger 19441975
Regenerating and Gendering the Garden after the Fall 19752000
Hausa Christian Practice in a Muslim Milieu
SIMs Successors and the Pentecostal Explosion

8 Impasses in Vernacular Education 19451995

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About the author (2006)

Barbara M. Cooper is Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is author of Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900–1989.

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