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Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Paperback

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Drawing on personal scholarship and fieldwork, Bauman delves into the emergence of a Satnami-Christian identity unique to north central India. Focusing on Hindus of the low-caste Satnami community, converts to Christianity, and the American missionaries who worked with them, he explores a freshly distinct form of faith that has been altered by pre-existing societal structures. 288 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802862764
ISBN-13: 9780802862761
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Series: Studies in the History of Christian Missions

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Series: Studies in the History of Christian Missions (SHCM)When a form of Christianity from one corner of the world encounters the religion and culture of another, new and distinctive forms of the faith result. In this volume Chad Bauman considers one such cultural context -- colonial Chhattisgarh in north central India.In his study Bauman focuses on the interaction of three groups: Hindus from the low-caste Satnami community, Satnami converts to Christianity, and the American missionaries who worked with them. Informed by archival snooping and ethnographic fieldwork, the book reveals the emergence of a unique Satnami-Christian identity. As Bauman shows, preexisting structures of thought, belief, behavior, and more altered this emerging identity in significant ways, thereby creating a distinct regional Christianity.

Author Bio

Chad M. Bauman is assistant professor of religion at Butler University, Indianapolis, where he teaches courses on Asian religions.

Publisher Description

When a form of Christianity from one corner of the world encounters the religion and culture of another, new and distinctive forms of the faith result. In this volume Chad Bauman considers one such cultural context---colonial Chhattisgarh in north central India.

In his study Bauman focuses on the interaction of three groups: Hindus from the low-caste Satnami community, Satnami converts to Christianity, and the American missionaries who worked with them. Informed by archival snooping and ethnographic fieldwork, the book reveals the emergence of a unique Satnami-Christian identity. As Bauman shows, preexisting structures of thought, belief, behavior, and more altered this emerging identity in significant ways, thereby creating a distinct regional Christianity.

Series Info

These studies explore the significant, yet often contested, impact of Christian missions around the world. Bringing together monographs by established and emerging scholars, collections of essays on themes in the history of missions, and new editions of seminal primary texts, this series provides rich source material for studying the relation between religion and culture.

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Hindu-Christian Studies SocietyBest Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (2006-2008)
 
 

REVIEWS
Andrew F. Walls, Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University
"This is a rich book, learned, empathetic, nuanced, and, despite the erudition, readable into the bargain. It unpicks complicated stories, giving different perceptions of the event their due weight, and approaches complex entities with insight. As a study of the renovation of tradition it illuminates not only the remarkable Satnami history but the whole process of interaction as Christianity crosses cultural frontiers."
 
Richard Fox Young, Princeton Theological Seminary
"An exemplary case study and a good deal more. . . . A valuable resource for theory and methodology, much needed in a field where portable models are still in short supply. Working archivally in America and ethnographically in India, Bauman stands at the point of tangency between disciplines, crafting an approach that illuminates agency, indigenous and exogenous, in ways that are neither one-sidedly 'top down' nor 'bottom up.' His contribution to ongoing debates about 'conversion' will be discussed for years to come."

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