South Asians make up one of the largest diasporas in the world and Christians form a relatively large share of it. Christians from the Indian subcontinent have successfully transplanted themselves all over the globe, and many from different faith backgrounds have embraced Christianity at overseas locations.
This volume includes biblical reflections on diasporic life, charts the historical and geographical spread of South Asian Christianity, and closes with a call to missional living in diaspora. It analyzes how migrants revive Christianity in adopted host nations and ancestral homelands.
This book portrays the fascinating saga of Christians of South Asian origin who have pitched their tents in the furthest corners of the globe and showcases triumphs and challenges of scattered communities. It presents the contemporary religious experiences from a plethora of discrete perspectives. It deals with issues such as community history, struggles of identity and belonging, linkage of religious and cultural traditions, preservation and adaptation of faith practices, ties between ancestral homeland and host nation, and diasporic moral dilemmas in diaspora. This book argues that human scattering amplifies diversity within Christianity and for the need for hetrogeneous unity amidst great diversities.
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About the Author
Sam George, PhD, is a Global Catalyst for Diasporas of the Lausanne Movement and executive director of Parivar International. He is a thought leader, sought-after speaker, community leader, and prolific writer. Of Indian origin, he now lives with his family in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He teaches diaspora and Christian missions in churches and seminaries all over the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword - Prof. Andrew F. Walls
1. Introduction, Sam George
2. A Biblical Reflection on Diaspora - Acts 17, Danny Moses
3. ÁCertain MenÂ of Cypress and Cyrene in Acts: Diaspora Missionaries, Simon Samuel
4. Tamil Missionaries in East Africa and Burma in 19th Century, Daniel Jeyaraj
5. From Cane Cutter to Church Planters: Indian Church in South Africa, Godfrey Harold
6. Crossing Kala Pani: Overcoming Religious Baggage to Migration, Sam George
7. Indo-Caribbean Christian Diaspora, John Lewis
8. St. Thomas Christians of Singapore, George Joseph
9. South Asian Diaspora Christians in the Persian Gulf, T.V. Thomas
10. Intergenerational Differences within Indian American Churches, Prema Kurien
11. ""I Still Call Australia Home"": Faith Negotiation in Australia, Jonathan James
12. Global Telugu Christian Diaspora, Joseph Paturi
13. Zomi Diaspora of Northeast Indian Christians, Jamang Ngal Pau
14. Sindhi Christians in Diaspora, Mahatani & Shivdasani
15. Persecution and Pakistani Christians Diaspora in Canada, Rashid Gill
16. Diaspora Dilemmas: Moral Issues Facing Indian Christians, Thomas Kulanjiyil
17. Remittances Trends in South Asia: An Empirical Analysis, Jeffery Jacob
18. Cultural Hybridity: South Asian Diaspora Literature, Reena Thomas
19. Death in Diaspora Settings: Reincarnation, Oblivion or Heaven?, Bobby Bose
20. Conclusion: A Coat of Many Colors, Sam George
Appendix - Infographics and Table on South Asian Diaspora, Mathew Thomas