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Christianity in South and Central Asia

Kenneth R. Ross, Daniel Jeyaraj, and Todd M. Johnson

Abstract

Christianity has had a long, varied history in South and Central Asia. Today, it faces challenges old and new in a rapidly changing and diverse population. Socio-religious crosswinds involving Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam, along with Communism and Radical Fundamentalism have left lasting impacts upon the region’s societies today. Christianity faces immense struggles, including navigating ingrained social stratification, culturally-accepted discrimination, as well as state-sponsored persecution. Despite the challenges, the gospel of kingdom moves forward through a resilient minor ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Global, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Asia, Interreligious, Freedom, Persecution, Evangelism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439824
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth R. Ross, editor
University of Edinburgh

Daniel Jeyaraj, editor
Liverpool Hope University

Todd M. Johnson, editor
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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Introduction

Countries

Kazakhstan

Alina Ganje

Uzbekistan

Feruza Krason

Turkmenistan

Barakatullo Ashurov

Tajikistan

Barakatullo Ashurov

Kyrgyzstan

David Radford

Iran

Gulnar Francis-Dehqani

Afghanistan

Anthony Roberts

Pakistan

Mehak Arshad and Youshib Matthew John

North India

Leonard Fernando SJ

West India

Atul Y. Aghamkar

South India

Daniel Jeyaraj

Northeast India

Kaholi Zhimomi

Nepal

Bal Krishna Sharma

Bhutan

Tandin Wangyal

Bangladesh

Pradeep Perez sj

The Maldives

Kenneth R. Ross and Todd M. Johnson

Sri Lanka

Prashan De Visser

Major Christian Traditions

Catholics

Felix Wilfred

Orthodox

Romina Istratii

Independents

Roger E. Hedlund

Evangelicals

Rebecca Samuel Shah and Vinay Samuel

Key Themes

Faith and Culture

Atola Longkumer

Worship and Spirituality

Anand Amaladass

Theology

Jesudas Athyal

Social and Political Context

Cedric Prakash SJ

Mission and Evangelism

Jacob Kavunkal SVD

Gender

Sheela Jeyaraj and Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar

Religious Freedom

Michael Nazir-Ali

Inter-religious Relations

Peniel Rajkumar

Tribal Identity

Marina Ngursangzeli Behera

Conclusion