WOMEN DEPARTMENT OF CHRISTIAN ORIENTALISM: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OF WOMEN MISSIONARIES AS A SAMPLE OF FEMALE EDUCATION SOCIETY

Abstract

Author(s): Arzu M. NURDO?AN

The missionary work such as orientalism and colonialism is one of the decisive paradigms in the modernization history of the Ottoman Empire. It is apparent that the fact of missionary schools in the westernization movements spreading to all system, the institution and lastly the mentality of the empire is among the factors that makes the reforms in the education mandatory and indispensable. Following the acceptance of idea of taking charge of the women as principal missionaries in the missionary organisations, Protestant societies have became more aspirant to make investments for the education of the women missionaries. The centres offering education opportunity to the women missionary candidates in England as of the second half of the nineteenth century in that way upon the appearance of the requirement of taking a competent theological and teaching education that makes easier to learn the language of the region, daily life practices, religious rituals and cultures and to christianize the girls and boys with other belief systems except Protestantism such as men colleagues. In this regard the study has been written up in order to contribute to the women missionary teaching that is important to read and analyse the missionary work thoroughly that is the most common religious-political movement both in the nineteenth century and nowadays.

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