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Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood

The Basel Mission in Pre- and Early Colonial Ghana

Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood by Ulrike Sill
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Christianity has come to be a religion embraced especially by women and not least in Africa. This book provides one of the as yet rare case studies for the early stages of this development: how African women on the pre- and early colonial Gold Coast (Ghana) encountered Basel Mission Christianity, 1843-1885. Popular interpretations have tended to describe Christianity as either ‘empowering’ or ‘domesticating’ African women. Looking at variegated push-and-pull factors and in its focus on the agency of Ghanaian women this detailed analysis moves beyond. It situates the quest for Christian womanhood as part of trans-national discourses and exchanges, as well as local interactions, and writes a social history that is at once transnational and transcultural.
BRILL; July 2010
438 pages; ISBN 9789004193734
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Title: Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood
Author: Ulrike Sill