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Converting Women: Gender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India Hardcover – April 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195165074 ISBN-10: 0195165071 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195165071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195165074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.4 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an important addition to the growing corpus on conversion to Christianity in colonial South Asia." --American Historical Review


"An important analysis of the complex motivations for conversion and its ambiguous outcomes for marginalized groups."--Journal of Church and State


"...an important addition to the growing corpus on conversion to Christianity in colonial South Asia." --American Historical Review


"An important analysis of the complex motivations for conversion and its ambiguous outcomes for marginalized groups."--Journal of Church and State


"Converting Women is a sensitive and understanding analysis of the enabling function that both converting and being converted to Christianity in India provided for women of both India and the West. Kent is able to understand with precision and care the interactive way in which local Christians and extra-local lady missionaries--unmarried but devoted and sometimes larger than life--helped to articulate middle class respectability and the protection of women's sexuality only through marriage. Kent's particular gifts lie in her understanding of the extent to which India operated as an epistemic and ontological site that helped to construct both local Indian Christians and European and American single women missionaries."--Eugene Irschick, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley


"Kent deftly examines the twists and turns in the lives of women missionaries and their female converts as they accommodated and selectively appropriated Victorian evangelical theology with Indian and British expectations for female comportment. Kent's engaging portrayal of a complicated mix of cultural and religious expectations affords the reader a fascinating view of the ways mission both hampered and enhanced female authority and autonomy on both sides of the colonial divide. Kent's work adds important depth to our understanding of colonial and gendered power dynamics as well as to the intricacies of conversion itself."--Corinne G. Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point


"Converting Women makes a powerful argument for conversion as a public act beyond a change of 'beliefs.'" --History of Religions


"This monumental undertaking further brings to public view how ancient, large, variegated, and vibrant a tradition is Christianity in India today." --Church History


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Eliza F. Kent is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Oxley on September 21, 2013
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A bit over-documented for my needs, but thoroughly explains the importance of women setting the pace for cultural shift and caste elimination.
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