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date: 28 November 2020

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The introduction to Part I aims to provide a general idea of Christianity in Asia based on the historical development of its various regions. It also provides a glimpse of the cultural, political, and religious circumstances in those regions and how they have affected Asian Christianity. It tackles several issues such as the strained relationship between Christianity and colonial rule that supports independence movements, Christianity’s role in nation building and indigenization, and the challenges faced by Christians today. It also tackles Christianity’s brush with Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and other traditional Asian religions, as well as how independent churches have surfaced to shape Christianity in the region. For the purposes of Part I, Asia has been divided into five geographical regions: Western Asia (the Middle East), South Asia (the Indian subcontinent), Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

Keywords: historical development, religious circumstances, colonial rule, independence movements, nation building, indigenization

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