By Heather J. Sharkey

In 1854, American Presbyterian missionaries arrived in Egypt as a part of a bigger Anglo-American Protestant stream aiming for around the world evangelization. secure through British imperial strength, and later through mounting American worldwide impact, their firm flourished through the subsequent century. American Evangelicals in Egypt follows the continuing and sometimes unforeseen differences initiated by means of missionary actions among the mid-nineteenth century and 1967--when the Six-Day Arab-Israeli battle uprooted the american citizens in Egypt.

Heather Sharkey makes use of Arabic and English assets to make clear the numerous points of missionary encounters with Egyptians. those happened via associations, comparable to faculties and hospitals, and during literacy courses and rural improvement initiatives that expected later efforts of NGOs. To Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians, missionaries offered new versions for civic participation and for women's roles in collective worship and group lifestyles. even as, missionary efforts to transform Muslims and reform Copts encouraged new varieties of Egyptian social activism and triggered nationalists to enact legislation limiting missionary actions. confronted by way of Islamic strictures and customs relating to apostasy and conversion, and via expectancies in regards to the right constitution of Christian-Muslim relatives, missionaries in Egypt trigger debates approximately spiritual liberty that reverberate even this day. eventually, the missionary event in Egypt ended in reconsiderations of project coverage and evangelism in ways in which had long term repercussions for the tradition of yankee Protestantism.

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