Brookes, the British, and Christianitymaster
Genesis Books and STM
Tan Jin Huat
Rev Dr Tan Jin Huat is Dean of Studies at the Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Seremban. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Wales and a Master of Theology in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen. One of his dreams is to see more writings on the history of Christianity in Malaysia.
Brookes, the British, and Christianity Christian Missions and the State in Sarawak, 1841 – 1963
ISBN 13: 978-983-41281-2-8
ISBN 10: 983-41281-2-6
ABOUT THE BOOK
Christian missions working in Sarawak were subjected to the changing emphasis in the aims of the Brooke and colonial governments. The Brooke government had a deliberate policy of using the missions for its political aims. These included a policy of nonproselytisation of the Malays, assigning Christian missions to work in recently pacified areas, and implementing a zoning policy for different Christian missions, that is, segregating them geographically. Though the policy of non-proselytisation of the Malays was intact throughout the successive Brooke regimes, the zoning policy was modified according to the changing socio-political situations of each Brooke Rajah until it finally lapsed during the era of the British colonial government.
Christian missions have been deliberately used to fulfil an economic purpose, such as during Charles Brooke’s era, resulting in the importation of the Foochow Methodists into Sibu. The arrival of the Methodist mission led to the exposure of Sarawak to the outside influence of modernisation. The colonial government had the political aim of using Christianity as a bulwark against communism, but the work of Christian missions went beyond it to affect areas of education, medical and social services, and hence, contributed much to the social transformation of the communities among whom they worked in Sarawak.
- James Brooke and Christian Missions in Sarawak, 1841-1868
- Charles Brooke and Christian Missions in Sarawak, 1868-1917
- Vyner Brooke and Christian Missions in Sarawak, 1917-1941
- Christian Missions in Sarawak under the British, 1946-1963
Paperback Price: RM16.00
Size: 210mm by 148mm
No. of Pages: 104 Pages
Praise for Brookes, The British, and Christianity
“This book is an important contribution to our understanding of Sarawak’s place in the history of Christianity in Malaysia.”
Dunedin, New Zealand