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date: 08 March 2021

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This essay explores the use of the Bible in one periphery of the British Occupation in the nineteenth century: Singapore at the intersection of gender and Empire. The key line of inquiry is to explore what Antoinette Burton outlines as the “white woman’s burden,” manifested in the Singaporean context through the use of the Bible by white women and their protégés. Therefore, this essay begins with how the work of white women is entangled with the interests of the Empire and then analyzes the periodical The Christian in Singapore: A Religious Magazine, which was published by the Ladies Bible and Tract Society in Singapore. This is followed by a closer look at education and women in the Church Missionary Society periodicals. The discussion focuses particularly on the biography of Sophia Cooke, a prominent missionary in Singapore, as well as a regional publication, India’s Women and China’s Daughters.

Keywords: women’s education, mimicry, intersectionality, Singapore, Christianity, Sophia Cooke

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