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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies URPP Asia and Europe (2006–2017)

European-Protestant Missionary Institutions in Egypt: Locations of Cultural Entanglement (1900–1956)

Responsible for the doctoral project: Dr. Samir Boulos (doctoral thesis 2012)
Funded by: URPP Asia and Europe
Project duration: June 2008 – May 2011
Doctoral committee: Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplony, since 01.02.11 Institute for the Near and Middle East, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; N.N.
Research field: Entangled Histories

Missionare und einheimische Angestellte der Sudan-Pioniermission mit Bischarin in Assuan (1902)


In this PhD thesis I want to examine processes of cultural exchange, which took place in the sphere of influence of European-protestant missionary institutions. This study focuses on the field of those charitable and ecclesiastical institutions, which were active in Egypt in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on the perspective of “entangled histories” (Shalini Randeria) relations and interactions are regarded as formative for the indigenous people as for the Europeans. Therefore the perceptions and experiences of the natives are considered as well as the western sources, which are mainly found in the archives of German and British missionary societies. Oral History Interviews are the basis for the research on the perspective of the Egyptian view on the mission. The objective of this thesis is a contribution in the theory of cultural exchange. For that purpose three aspects of the process of cultural exchange will be examined. Firstly the products of this process, especially the impacts on the everyday life and the mentality are in the foreground. Secondly the functionalities of the cultural exchange, how processes of intermediation, adoption and transformation of cultural elements work. Thirdly, I will discuss, under which conditions an exchange process happened and why certain cultural elements have been adopted or refused.

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