Exploring the role of women in Christian mission in Syria and Egypt from 1860-1930s through the MECO Archive in the CMCS Library

Hazel Anderson
Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, formerly Archivist at the National Records of Scotland

In the historical records and publications of the British Syrian Mission and the Egypt General Mission we see the importance attached to reaching women and girls by women. Indeed, in the words of Elizabeth Bowen Thomson, founder of the British Syrian Mission in 1860, “Ours is essentially a Woman’s Mission to the women of Syria.” Despite recurring times of war and unrest in these lands we see in this archive an enduring commitment to the welfare of the whole of society by raising the status of women and girls through Bible based education.