Authored by: Claudia Jahnel

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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In a comprehensive understanding, mission drives multifaceted and reciprocal religious change on the individual, social, cultural, political, and economic levels and oscillates between regional and transregional dynamics. This understanding of mission questions two common assumptions. The first is that there is a distinction to be made between missionary religions, which have a universal vision and a fundamental claim to all humankind, and non-missionary ‘primal’ religions, which have a limited call to a certain tribal or ethnic group (Sundermeier 2004: 38–49). The second is that a process of religious change can only be called mission if it is an intentional act.

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