India | Iran

Presbyterian Missions in India and Persia

The author describes this 694 page report on Presbyterian missions in India and Persia (modern Iran) as “formidable”. It is certainly a thorough and detailed survey of the state of missions in these countries in 1922. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to digitise (originally it was presented to…

Missions

Encyclopedia of Missions (1904)

This massive 851 page Encyclopedia provides a tremendously detailed snapshot of the progress of Christian Missions up to 1904. As one would expect it also reflects many of the prejudices of its age – see the entry on Australia, for example. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre For Christianity Worldwide for providing me with a…

Duff, Alexander | India

Life of Alexander Duff by George Smith

This is the third and slightly abridged edition of George Smith’s 1879 biography of Alexander Duff, missionary to India. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book for scanning. This title is in the public domain. George Smith [1833-1919], The Life of Alexander Duff, 3rd edn., Revised and Abridged. London: Hodder…

Carey, William | India

George Smith’s 1887 Biography of William Carey

This is George Smith’s biography of the Father of Modern Missions, William Carey. Smith devotes a significant part of the book to enumerating Carey’s achievements, as a linguist, a Bible translator, as a pioneer in agriculture and horticulture (which I was not aware of before), as an educator and advocate of missions. My thanks to…

Missions

In Brigands’ Hands & Turkish Prisons – Archibald Forder

Archibald Forder [1863-1934] was a Pentecostal Missionary in Palestine. He wrote this account of his work there during his internment during World War I in a Turkish prison in Damascus. Eric Nelson Newberg, notes that: Forder had a deep affection for Arab peoples, especially the Bedouin tribes among whom he itinerated widely. Using St. Catherine’s…