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Decolonizing Christianity
Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria


  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118171

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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.

    • Ties the local context of Algerian decolonization to the global currents of both Protestant and Catholic movements that were concerned about the future of Christianity in the decolonizing world
    • Provides a much-needed analysis of the role of religion in European decolonization
    • Reframes the history of twentieth-century Christianity through a social history of theology, which examines how Christians understood and used theological principles in their everyday lives, how theology influenced their understanding and engagement with politics, and how the actions of Christians then influenced shifts in theological principles
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    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118171
    • length: 251 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 159 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Christianity and French Algeria
    2. Christianity on trial: the battle to define Christian morality
    3. The metropolitans respond: the conflicts of politics and conscience
    4. The religious politics of independence
    5. Inventing postcolonial Christianity

  • Author

    Darcie Fontaine, University of South Florida
    Darcie Fontaine is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships to support her research in Europe and North Africa, including a Fulbright-IIE fellowship to France and multiple grants from the American Institute of Maghrib Studies. Her scholarship situates the history of modern France and its empire in a global perspective, and seeks to trace the long-term impact of colonialism and decolonization on a wide spectrum of actors, institutions, and ideas. She is currently completing a textbook on France and its empire from the eighteenth century to the present.

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