Czarist Missionary Contact with Central Asia: Models of Contextualization?

Johnstone, David M.
April 2007
International Bulletin of Missionary Research;Apr2007, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p66
Academic Journal
This article discusses the context and features of the missionary endeavors of the Russian Orthodox Church. A brief history of Russian Orthodox relations with the Muslims of central Asia is presented. This interaction began in 1240 with the Mongol conquests of Russian territory. Challenges to the Orthodox Missions include the cultural diversity of languages, lifestyles, and belief systems, the barren lands of Siberia, the nomadic life of the Tatars, the rigors of the climate as well as the hostility of a conquered people.


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