Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel

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Indiana University Press, Jul 10, 2006 - Religion - 480 pages

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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Contents

Fundamental Differences
1
1 Anatomy of a Riot
31
2 Love and Violence
61
3 From Satans Masterpiece to The Social Problem of Islam
84
4 A Hausa Spiritual Vernacular
115
5 African Agency and the Growth of the Church in the Maradi Region 19271960
147
Defining Elderhood Christian Marriage and Gods Work 19331955
183
From VichyEra Travails to Postwar Triumph
224
SIMs Medical Work in Niger 19441975
290
Regenerating and Gendering the Garden after the Fall 19752000
329
Hausa Christian Practice in a Muslim Milieu
363
SIMs Successors and the Pentecostal Explosion
400
GLOSSARY
413
NOTES
415
WORKS CONSULTED
435
INDEX
455

8 Impasses in Vernacular Education 19451995
253

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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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