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date: 20 March 2019

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Chapter 34 revisits current historiographies of Christianity in Asia in an effort to show how they challenge the dominant conception that the Western Christian narrative is the universal history of all Christianity. It aims to uncover its main currents with the view of discerning its attendant assumptions, challenges, and prospects. This is done in four distinct parts: first, some contemporary developments in the historical sciences are explored and their impact on Christian historiography determined; second, general directions on historiographies on Asian Christianity are mapped out; third, these same directions are verified through sample case studies; and lastly, some methodological challenges and future prospects are explored.

Keywords: historiographies of Christianity, dominant conception, Western Christian narrative, universal history, historical sciences, methodological challenges, future prospects

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