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And It Is Really Thanks To You That We Are Saved – A Dii Discourse On Conversion

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This chapter seeks to shed light on one aspect of the complex history of colonisation, mission, and religious conversion by answering the two following questions: How does the Dii-generation who received the first missionaries, looking back and re-constructing their past, explains their conversion to Christianity? And how do they evaluate the role of the first Norwegian missionaries in this social and religious reorientation? Understanding religious conversion means to study both personal, individual motivation for spiritual reorientation and wider social changes that moves society towards new plausibility structures. Forced labour was also part of the French colonial administration's policy in order to effectuate what they saw as development of their colonies. The missionaries are judged through comparison with the French colonial administration and the Fulbe, and given these circumstances the missionaries are well considered in the eyes of the Dii.

Keywords: Christianity; Dii-generation; French colonial administration; Norwegian missionaries; religious conversion



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