This chapter introduces the major questions and problems which the book seeks to tackle, placing them in historical and historiographical context. Following an overview of the conversion movements in India more generally (c.1860-1930), the main protagonists in the book are introduced: rural converts in Punjab, the Belgian Capuchins, and the Church Missionary Society. Methodological and archival issues are discussed towards the end of the chapter, which concludes with an indication of the structure taken by the book.
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