Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (Hardback)
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Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (Hardback)

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Hardback 251 Pages / Published: 20/06/2016
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Decolonizing Christianity traces the dramatic transformation of Christianity from its position as the moral foundation of European imperialism to its role as a radical voice of political and social change in the era of decolonization. As Christians renegotiated their place in the emerging Third World, they confronted the consequences of racism and violence that Christianity had reinforced in European colonies. This book tells the story of Christians in Algeria who undertook a mission to 'decolonize the Church' and ensure the future of Christianity in postcolonial Algeria. But it also recovers the personal aspects of decolonization, as many of these Christians were arrested and tortured by the French for their support of Algerian independence. The consequences of these actions were immense, as the theological and social engagement of Christians in Algeria then influenced the groundbreaking reforms developing within global Christianity in the 1960s.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107118171
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 239 x 159 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Fontaine's monograph is clearly intended for historians of French colonialism, but should be read by anyone concerned with the development of global Christianity in the second half of the twentieth century, ecumenicalism, Christian-Muslim relations, the ethical and moral dilemmas facing Christians during politically divisive times, and the ways in which Christianity has been and can be appropriated for different purposes.' Bradley Rainbow Hale, Fides et Historia
'Decolonizing Christianity is a most welcome addition to histories of empire, religion, and politics. It is a must-read for historians of France and Algeria, scholars of the new imperial history, and social and intellectual historians interested in contextualizing Christianity.' Minayo Nasiali, French History

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