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Revival and AwakeningAmerican Evangelical Missionaries in Iran and the Origins of Assyrian Nationalism$
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Adam H. Becker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226145280

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226145457.001.0001

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Being Together in the Living Word

Being Together in the Living Word

The Mission and Evangelical Sociality (1834–70)

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(p.137) 4 Being Together in the Living Word
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Revival and Awakening
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Adam H. Becker

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226145457.003.0005

This chapter describes new social practices and forms of social interaction promoted by the mission, particularly around educational institutions. It provides a broad survey of these new practices, which included preaching, moral exhortation, Bible study, classroom discipline, and public prayer at events where the audience at times ran into the hundreds. This chapter also addresses the mission’s ideas of family and its negotiation of gender roles. By the end of the period covered an autonomous Syrian Evangelical Church had been founded and some Syrians imagined themselves as part of a Christian nation in decline. One of its goals is to make an intervention in the historiography of Protestantism and modernity by examining what is fundamentally social about Protestant reform (which thus belies the common assumption that Protestantism has primarily individualizing effects).

Keywords:   educational, prayer, Syrian evangelical church, Protestantism, nation

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