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The contemporary mass movements of women in African churches are a phenomenon of which there are many examples, but for which there is no single or simple explanation. This conclusory chapter of the book explores how African women in Accra and Akuapem encountered Basel Mission Christianity over the years 1843-1885. The Basel Mission and its initiatives for women's mission were part of a broader development in Europe drawing on the notion of a universal humanity in which women were a prominent site for ascribing recognition to non-European societies and polities - or, more likely, denying it. The concept of femininity which the Basel Mission leadership intended to implement was mainly urban middle-class and thus one intrinsically related to 'modernity.

Keywords: Accra; African churches; Akuapem; Basel Mission; Christianity; Europe; women



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