About the Author(s)
Chandra Mallampalli is Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair of the Social Sciences at Westmont College and in 2021-22 was Yang Visiting Scholar of World Christianity at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India (2011) and A Muslim Conspiracy in British India? (2017).
"In South Asia's Christians, Mallampalli unfolds an unparalleled panorama: ancient Thomas Christians; waves of Catholic and Protestant missionaries from the West; ever-changing relationships with much larger Hindu and Muslim communities; adjustment and survival under diverse political regimes over the centuries and now too amid the new religious and secular dynamics emerging today. This is an introduction that will intrigue specialists as well." -- Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
"South Asia's Christians is a magnificent book. Mallampalli astutely combines tremendous historical expanse and diverse Christian histories with an in-depth, penetrating analysis of issues that emerge from an epistemic gap between missionary knowledge, faith and conversion. South Asia's Christians is a research enterprise of enormous purport in the field of Christianity studies." -- Deepra Dandekar, author of Baba Padmanji: Vernacular Christianity in Colonial India.
"South Asia's Christians is a nuanced and readable work of mature scholarship. Mallampalli locates Indian Christianity in multiple contexts-religious, historical, political, and contemporary. This is a splendid book. It will be a classic of both South Asian studies and World Christianity studies. I recommend it very highly and look forward to sharing it with colleagues and students." -- Dana L. Robert. William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University
"To write about Christianity in South Asia is one thing, but quite another to write about South Asia's Christians. A succession of authors--some of them outstanding--tried the first approach but often floundered on the contested issue of indigeneity. By focusing on Christians instead, Chandra Mallampalli's fluid approach signals a welcome shift. Diachronically vast, yet synchronically rich, South Asia's Christians is an inviting read, both for generalists and specialists." -- Richard Fox Young, Timby Chair, History of Religions, Princeton Theological Seminary
"A grand sweep of indigenous South Asian Christianity, studded with glowing insights into religious border-crossing. The book traces Indian Christians' checkered social, cultural and political history. We learn of their everyday dialogue as well as conflicts with Hindu and Muslim neighbors. A perceptive introduction to the unique identity-formation of South Asian Christians." -- Felix Wilfred, Editor, The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia