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39 Uta Zeuge-Buberl The Mission of the American Board in Syria Implications of a transcultural dialogue The work of Christian missions in past centuries has persistently been viewed in a negative light, although missionaries did not always act with cultural imperialist or colonialist intent. This volume presents a more nuanced interpretation of mission work, illuminating the significance of interpersonal interactions within the mission field. The Syria Mission of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), which was active in the Ottoman Province of Syria (present-day Lebanon) between 1819 and 1870, provides the study’s central focus. The study analyzes cultural exchange between the Ottoman Empire and the United States through the example of four important protagonists whose significance has been neglected in previous historical scholarship on missions: the missionaries Eli Smith and Cornelius Van Dyck, as well as the Syrian Protestants Butrus al-Bustani and John Wortabet. The Syria Mission of the ABCFM is one example of how different cultures met one another within the “contact zone” of mission stations, and how – despite conflicts and differences of opinion – a fruitful dialogue occurred. Veröffentlicht mit Unterstützung des Austrian Science Fund (FWF): PUB 332-G24 Aussereuropäische Geschichte American Board in Syria Uta Zeuge-Buberl The Mission of the History Franz Steiner Verlag through the example protagonists whose neglected in previous missions: the missionaries Cornelius Van Dyck, Protestants Butrus al- Wortabet. The Syria Mission example of how another within mission stations, and and differences of dialogue occurred. of the Austrian steiner-verlag.de Steiner Verlag 3-515-11599-5 The Mission of the American Board in Syria Implications of a transcultural dialogue Uta Zeuge-Buberl Contents Introduction | The mission of the ABCFM in the Ottoman province of Syria (1819–1870) | Missionaries as cultural brokers | The community of Syrian Protestants in the contact zone |Conclusion: Human interactions as a focus of modern mission history | Bibliography 2017 304 Seiten Open Access, via elibrary.steiner-verlag.de 978-3-515-11599-5 e-book Open Access


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