SSNB Lecture Series:
Evangelical and Tablighi Pioneers on Post-Atheist Frontiers
Dr Mathijs Pelkmans, London School of Economics
Missionaries have flocked to the Kyrgyz Republic in the past two decades. Evangelical-Pentecostal and Tablighi missions have been particularly active, viewing the country as a “fertile” post-atheist frontier. This paper looks for differences and commonalities in how these missions project their vision onto the frontier, and how the frontier affects them. In exploring different forms of religious missionizing, the paper also asks more general questions about the missionary position with the aim of gaining deeper insight into the dynamics of religious conviction.
Dr Mathijs Pelkmans is a specialist in the anthropology of the Caucasus and Central Asia at the Department of Anthropology, LSE.
Date and Time
IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkings Building,