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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia$
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David Halloran Lumsdaine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308242.001.0001

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 Emulating Azariah: Evangelicals and Social Change in the Dangs

 Emulating Azariah: Evangelicals and Social Change in the Dangs

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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia
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Aaron Sushil J.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308242.003.0003

This chapter examines the effects of evangelical Christianity on Indian politics, and democracy in particular. It focuses on one underdeveloped area of Gujarat state: the Dangs, a largely inaccessible forest area inhabited by adivasis, or tribal peoples, where a substantial fraction of the inhabitants have reportedly embraced evangelical Christianity to a greater or lesser degree since Christian teaching first came to the region about thirty years ago. The chapter traces the trajectory of a particular Christian organization's involvement with tribal communities since 1976.

Keywords:   evangelical Christianity, tribal India, Indian politics, democracy, Gujarat, Christian workers

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