ISBN 9789996096846
Pages 94
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2016
Publisher Luviri Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Joseph Booth in Australasia

The Making of a Maverick Missionary

by Klaus Fiedler

All Malawians know their national hero, the Rev John Chilembwe, who, in 1915, protested against colonialism with an armed uprising. To understand him, it is necessary to understand Joseph Booth, who baptized him and took him to America in 1897 to study for the Baptist ministry. There in America Booth published his Africa for the African to the intense dislike of the colonial administration. Booth was an Evangelical missionary, but a maverick among them. This book explores what made him the odd man out among his fellow missionaries by tracing his and his family's life in Auckland and Melbourne, arguing that his political involvement must be understood from his specific Baptist background.

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About the Author

Klaus Fiedler

Klaus Fiedler is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Mzuzu University. He specializes in Church History and Missiology. He started publishing as the editor of the Kachere Series, the leading academic publisher in Malawi. He is now in charge of Mzuni Press based in Mzuzu.