Christian mission cannot be about converting others to Western culture; rather, it must be about living according to the Christian faith. In this episode, Deanna Ferree Womack uses encounters between American missionaries and Arab residents of Ottoman Syria to explain that mutually transformative mission is necessary both for the future church and for healthy interreligious dialogue.
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Deanna Ferree Womack is Assistant Professor of History of Religions and Multifaith Relations at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). At Candler she teaches on the history and practice of Christian-Muslim relations and directs the Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP). Her research explores encounters between American missionaries and Arab residents of Ottoman Syria in the pre-World War I period. Her first book Protestants, Gender and the Arab Renaissance in Late Ottoman Syria is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press.