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African Histories and Modernities

Christian Missionary Engagement in Central Nigeria, 1857–1891

The Church Missionary Society's All-African Mission on the Upper Niger

Authors: Kolapo, Femi J.

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  • Investigates an overlooked Christianization effort led by a group of all-African missionaries, focusing on the significance of the African staff
  • Examines Christian-Muslim encounters in Africa before the European partition of Africa
  • Highlights exchanges between missionaries and local people inflected by traditional and religious practices, finding evidence for local consternation, rejection, reinterpretation, approval, and adaptation of missionary ideas
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In the decades before colonial partition in Africa, the Church Missionary Society embarked on the first serious effort to evangelize in an independent Muslim state. Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther led an all-African field staff to convert the people of the Upper Niger and Confluence area, whose communities were threatened or already conquered by an expanding jihadist Nupe state. In this book, Femi J. Kolapo examines the significance of the mission as an African—rather than European—undertaking, assessing its impact on missionary practice, local engagement, and Christian conversion prospects. By offering a fuller history of this overlooked mission in the history of Christianity in Nigeria, this book reaffirms indigenous agency and rethinks the mission as an experiment ahead of its time.  

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Femi J. Kolapo is a professor of African History at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of The Journals of Church Missionary Society Agent, James Thomas, in Mid-Nineteenth Century Nigeria.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christian Missionary Engagement in Central Nigeria, 1857–1891
Book Subtitle
The Church Missionary Society's All-African Mission on the Upper Niger
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31426-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31426-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31425-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 301
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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