Gospel in North Africa

John Rutherford [1816-1866] & Edward H. Glenny [1853-1926], The Gospel in North Africa in Two Parts

This large-format and profusely illustrated book provides a unique record of missions work across North Africa up to the end of the 19th Century. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to digitise. This book is in the public domain.

John Rutherford [1816-1866] & Edward H. Glenny [1853-1926], The Gospel in North Africa in Two Parts. London: Peter Lund, 1900. Hbk. pp.248. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]



Part I – John Rutherford

The Countries of North Africa
The Peoples of North Africa

Part II – Edward H. Glenny

A Sketch of the North Africa Mission
The Origin of the North Africa Mission
Establishment of the Mission to the Kabyles
Reorganisation of the Mission
The Mission’s New Developments
The Progress of the Algerian Mission
The Work of Others in Algeria
The Morocco Mission
The Tunisian Mission
The Tripoli Mission
The Mission in Arabia and Egypt
Summary of Methods of Work Adopted
The Mission Base in England
Results and Conclusion

Preface to Part I.

“Mohammedans,” writes Dr. George Smith, “are a people with whom apostasy is death, who have made Christendom feel their prowess for centuries, who have steadily advanced and rarely retreated, who up to this hour have yielded the fewest converts to the Gospel, and have attracted the fewest missionaries to attempt their evangelisation, even in British India, where toleration is assured.”

To a superficial observer Mohammedanism appears to show piety, dignity, sobriety, sincerity, and great moral worth. But let the traveller frequent their company, and Moslems are found to be false, vicious, and grasping; do business with them, and they will unblushingly cheat and rob; fall under their power as a wife or daughter must, and they will extract all the labour and profit possible, and then the victim is cast off like an old shoe. While the name of God is in constant use, and prayers and fastings are practised everywhere, depravity, deceit, and heartlessness abound. Certainly there are exceptions, but the character of the religion is even more degrading than has been described. It is essentially selfish and full of loopholes for sin. [Continue reading]

Christine Isabel Tinling’s Budget From Barbary

Christine Isabel Tinling [1869-1943], A Budget From BarbaryThis little book contains twelve letters about missionary work in “Barbary” – modern day Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. This copy originally formed part of the North Africa Mission library in Rabat. Yorkshire-born Christine Tinling [1867-1943] was a missionary with the  Women’s Christian Temperance Union was the author of numerous books on missions and also served in the Far East and India.

Christine Isabel Tinling [1869-1943], A Budget From Barbary. London: Richard J. James, 1933. Pbk. pp.153. [Download complete book in PDF].


  1. The Ministry of Medicine
  2. The Message in the Market
  3. Among Veiled Women
  4. Snaps From a City
  5. An Industrial Effort
  6. Aboutt he Kabyles
  7. Fishing For Men
  8. Handicaps
  9. Jew and Gentile
  10. Many Adversaries
  11. The Foreign Legion
  12. The Cost of Confession

Extract from pages 12-13.

The women particularly need that sympathy. It is terrible to see what they suffer, often so unnecessarily, from inefficient native midwifery. One girl lying there has been through five operations and has been cast off by her husband. If she gets well, her people will be marrying her to somebody else. As long as she remains in that hospital bed she is an individual, a soul to be loved and helped. When she leaves she will once more become a chattel and a slave. She is much interested in the Gospel and knows the choruses and hymns by heart and nurse says she is wonderfully sweet and patient.

Another has suffered much agony without a word of complaint and is an example to all in the ward. In a nearby bed is a girl of twenty who is married to a man of seventy and is in hospital on account of brutal treatment from native midwives. The Moslem women are born to trouble and expect nothing else from life. They have learned to endure silently and I suppose no-one has any idea what they do go through, except the medical missionary and the nurse. [Continue reading]