designated readers – the society persisted in promoting it.
The society's commitment to the Negro-English Bible of Surinam anticipated its behaviour towards Arabic almost a century later. Indeed, during the early twentieth century, certain prominent British and Americanmissionaries, who were working on the ground in North Africa and who were eager to appeal to Arab elites, expressed deep misgivings about the society's willingness to publish versions for the hoi polloi .
Leaders of the BFBS were
devotional practices. In this way, modernity has
been freed from its association in this region with Christianity, being
now aligned predominantly with forms of contemporary Hindu practice.
For a study of such work, see Shobana Shankar,
‘The Social Dimensions of Christian Leprosy Work among