From Misson to Modernity, Evangelical Reformers and Education in Nineteenth Century Egypt, 2011
"With its clear writing, broad-ranging analysis, and rich insight, From Mission to Modernity is both an impressive achievement and a pleasure to read. Sedra sweeps across an eventful nineteenth century to present what is at once an intellectual history, a history of education, and a history of religion and politics. With this book, Sedra makes a major contribution to the study of nineteenth-century Egypt."
– Heather J. Sharkey, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
"In describing nearly a century of interactions between Protestant missionaries and Egypt’s indigenous Coptic community, Paul Sedra’s new book deepens our understanding of the subtle ways missionization helped transform Egyptian society through processes of "cultural conversion" even in the absence of significant religious conversion. Sedra shows how international relations, domestic politics, specific educational strategies, and the widening gap between wealthy Coptic landowners and the Church hierarchy served to inculcate a 'modern Coptic subjectivity'."
– Gregory Starrett, Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and President, Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association
"This book offers a compelling story of the tensions of colonialism in the intertwined realms of education and religion. As well as being a delightful read, it represents a useful contribution to Egypt studies and Middle Eastern studies with fascinating new data and fresh interpretations. Sedra has opened up new areas of research on the 19th century Middle East."
– Jessica Winegar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University