Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel

Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel

Barbara M. Cooper
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/10/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11192-0
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Winner of the 2007 Herskovits Award

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 vibrant, sensitive, compelling, and candid book gives a unique glimpse into an important dimension of religious life in Africa. Cooper’s involvement in a violent religious riot provides a useful backdrop for introducing other themes and concerns such as Bible translation, medical outreach, public preaching, tensions between English-speaking and French-speaking missionaries, and the Christian mission’s changing views of Islam.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Fundamental Differences
1. Anatomy of a Riot
2. Love and Violence
3. From "Satan's Masterpiece" to "The Social Problem of Islam"
4. A Hausa Spiritual Vernacular
5. African Agency and the Growth of the Church in the Maradi Region, 1927<N>1960
6. Disciplining the Christian: Defining Elderhood, Christian Marriage, and "God's Work," 1933<N>1955
7. "An Extremely Dangerous Suspect": From Vichy-Era Travails to Postwar Triumph
8. Impasses in Vernacular Education, 1945<N>1995
9. Handmaid to the Gospel: SIM's Medical Work in Niger, 1944<N>1975
10. The Tree of Life: Regenerating and Gendering the Garden after the Fall, 1975<N>2000
11. Ça bouge: Hausa Christian Practice in a Muslim Milieu
Epilogue: SIM's Successors and the Pentecostal Explosion
Works Consulted