Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel

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Overview

In Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel, 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 book gives a unique glimpse into an important dimension of religious life in Africa.

Winner, 2007 Melville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association

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Editorial Reviews

Modern African Studies
"Rich in its coverage.... [This study] demonstrates the emergence of a new missiology, in which Africans are central in evangelizing both the global south and the north." —Ogbu U. Kalu, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Modern African Studies, Vol. 47.2 2009

— Ogbu U. Kalu, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago

Religious Studies Review

"Fascinating historical account.... Highly recommended for all interested in African Christianity, missions, history, interfaith dialogue, and faith-based organizations." —Religious Studies Review

International Bulletin of Missionary Research
"This book is an invaluable asset to all those interested in African history, mission, politics, linguistics, and economics." —Musa A.B. Gaiya, University of Jos, Nigeria, Intnl Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2007

— Musa A.B. Gaiya, University of Jos, Nigeria

Missiology: International Review
"[The author's] mastery of the language, history, and culture of Hausa Niger is unparalleled and her conclusions deserve respect." —MISSIOLOGY: Intnl Review, 35.3 July 2007
American Historical Review

"This work is history at its best: a unique, welcome addition to current studies of conflicting religio-cultural perspectives, and a treasure trove of historical perspectives on evangelicals in West Africa." —American Historical Review, 116.1, February 2011

IJAHS

"Cooper's study is remarkable... gripping and elegantly written... [the study] enriches our understanding of religious interaction in Africa." —IJAHS, Vol. 44, No. 1 2011

Africa Today

"Barbara Cooper has written an extremely rich book, which will appeal
to historians, anthropologists, religious scholars, and all others who appreciate
good historiography." —Africa Today

Journal of Religious History

"In all, this research is indeed of good historical and anthropological value. It
is an invaluable contribution to Mission Studies, African Studies, and Colonial Studies." —Journal of Religious History

Bulletin SOAS

"Barbara Cooper has conducted research in Maradi, Niger, for many years, and this book reveals the depth of her understanding of the complex nature of the community and the interplay within it of factors such as religion, language and ethnicity.

" —Bulletin SOAS

Modern African Studies - Ogbu U. Kalu

"Rich in its coverage.... [This study] demonstrates the emergence of a new missiology, in which Africans are central in evangelizing both the global south and the north." —Ogbu U. Kalu, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Modern African Studies, Vol. 47.2 2009

Intnl Bulletin of Missionary Research - Musa A.B. Gaiya

"This book is an invaluable asset to all those interested in African history, mission, politics, linguistics, and economics." —Musa A.B. Gaiya, University of Jos, Nigeria, Intnl Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2007

MISSIOLOGY: Intnl Review

"[The author's] mastery of the language, history, and culture of Hausa Niger is unparalleled and her conclusions deserve respect." —MISSIOLOGY: Intnl Review, 35.3 July 2007

Africa

"[T]his is a very rich and interesting work, which portrays the complexities of mission work and deepens the understanding of religious dynamics in West Africa." —Africa

From the Publisher
"Barbara Cooper has conducted research in Maradi, Niger, for many years, and this book reveals the depth of her understanding of the complex nature of the community and the interplay within it of factors such as religion, language and ethnicity.

" —Bulletin
SOAS

Journal of Africa
"[T]his is a very rich and interesting work, which portrays the complexities of mission work and deepens the understanding of religious dynamics in West Africa." —Journal of Africa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253222336
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: African Systems of Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : fundamental differences 1
1 Anatomy of a riot 31
2 Love and violence 61
3 From "Satan's 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, 1927-1960 147
6 Disciplining the Christian : defining elderhood, Christian marriage, and "God's work," 1933-1955 183
7 "An extremely dangerous suspect" : from Vichy-era travails to postwar triumph 224
8 Impasses in vernacular education, 1945-1995 253
9 Handmaid to the gospel : SIM's medical work in Niger, 1944-1975 290
10 The tree of life : regenerating and gendering the garden after the fall, 1975-2000 329
11 Ca bouge : Hausa Christian practice in a Muslim milieu 363
Epilogue : SIM's successors and the Pentecostal explosion 400
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