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The first in the "Oxford Studies in World Christianity" series, which should fill gaps in the scholarly publication landscape, this volume delivers not the truly "groundbreaking study" it promises but an able treatment nonetheless of a much-neglected topic. Sanneh, a Yale professor and author of several books on related subjects, including Whose Religion Is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West , smartly considers Christianity in what he terms "its current post-Western phase," having developed in many regions without the influence of, for example, scholarly traditions (Sanneh himself perhaps mirrors this in his introduction, where he uncritically equates the character of Peter in Acts with Peter the historical figure). Sanneh is at his best in presenting more recent history, particularly that of missionary activity over the last several centuries in the Arab world, the Americas, Africa, and China. Last but not least, he eschews the easy categorization of evangelistic relations, instead "problematizing" the simplistic correlation of missionary activity to colonizing power. Recommended for larger and/or more subject-focused collections.-Darby Orcutt, North Carolina State Univ. Libs., RaleighCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.