The Quaker World is an outstanding, comprehensive and lively introduction to this complex Christian denomination. Exploring the global reach of the Quaker community, the book begins with a discussion of the living community, as it is now, in all its diversity and complexity.

The book covers well-known areas of Quaker development, such as the formation of Liberal Quakerism in North America, alongside topics which have received much less scholarly attention in the past, such as the history of Quakers in Bolivia and the spread of Quakerism in Western Kenya. It includes over sixty chapters by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary team of contributors and is organised into three clear parts:

  • Global Quakerism
  • Spirituality
  • Embodiment

Within these sections, key themes are examined, including global Quaker activity, significant Quaker movements, biographies of key religious figures, important organisations, pacifism, politics, the abolition of slavery, education, industry, human rights, racism, refugees, gender, disability, sexuality and environmentalism.

The Quaker World provides an authoritative and accessible source of information on all topics important to Quaker Studies. As such, it is essential reading for students studying world religions, Christianity and comparative religion, and it will also be of interest to those in related fields such as sociology, political science, anthropology and ethics.

part I|154 pages

Global Quakerism

chapter 1|11 pages

Quakers in Africa

History of the Quaker Movement in Africa

chapter 4|7 pages

Quakers in Bolivia

The Beginning of Bolivian Friends

chapter 7|8 pages

Together Apart

An Overview of the Asia–West Pacific Section (AWPS)

chapter 9|8 pages

Progressive Friends

Shaping the Liberal Quaker Past and Present

chapter 10|11 pages

Stubborn Friends

Quakers and Native Americans in the Long Nineteenth Century

chapter 15|6 pages

H. Louise Brown Wilson (1921–2014)

Exemplary North Carolina Conservative Friend

chapter 16|6 pages

The Incorporation of Committees

The Development of Quaker Institutions

chapter 19|6 pages

Elizabeth Fletcher

The Youngest of the Valiant Sixty

part II|126 pages


chapter 22|14 pages

Bayard T. Rustin

The Faith of a Conscientious Objector in the 1940s

chapter 24|10 pages

Hannah Whitall Smith

Nineteenth-Century Free-lance Quaker Heretic

chapter 25|8 pages

Loving “That of God”

Participatory Love and the Quaker Way

chapter 26|7 pages

How Far the Theological Message of Liberal British Quakerism Has Changed Over the Last Fifty Years

An Analysis of Key Introductory Texts for Enquirers

chapter 27|8 pages

Quaker Decision-Making Meetings Through the Ages

Consistency and Variation

chapter 28|7 pages

Quaker Decision-Making Process

The Case of Burundi Yearly Meeting

chapter 29|6 pages

The Work of Equality

Supporting Quaker Women in Ministry

chapter 30|9 pages

William Penn's Pragmatic Christology

A Christian Philosophy of Religion(s)

chapter 33|15 pages

Language, Labels and Beyond

The Shifting Foci of Concerns Over Adequate Representation in the Liberal Quaker ‘Theism-Nontheism Debate’

chapter 34|7 pages

Worshipping at the Edge of Words

The Work of Silence and Speech in Meeting for Worship

chapter 35|6 pages

Testimony as Consequence

The Reinvention of Tradition

part III|230 pages


chapter 36|8 pages

Networked to Freedom, but Not My Neighbor

Complicating Legacies of Quakers and the Enslaved Population of North Carolina

chapter 37|6 pages

Sarah Mapps Douglass

An American Saint

chapter 38|8 pages

Quaker Advocacy for Peace

From Grassroots to Congress

chapter 40|16 pages

The Body Is Enough

Towards a Liberal Quaker Theology of Disability

chapter 41|7 pages

Theological Foundations in Disability Issues

Evaluating the African Christian Quaker Experience

chapter 44|13 pages

John Woolman and Delaware Indians

Envisioning Cross-Cultural Peace in a Time of Conflict

chapter 46|9 pages

Young Adult Quakers and Epilogue

A Case Study of an ‘Alternative’ Worshipping Community

chapter 50|8 pages

George Cadbury

Faith in Practice

chapter 51|9 pages

Quaker Dress

chapter 53|7 pages

Capturing the Light

Materializing Past Quaker Lives

chapter 56|9 pages

Paul Cuffe's Economic Religion

Cuffe's Quaker Identity Beyond the Race Hero Archetype

chapter 59|7 pages

Quaker Workcamps

chapter 60|9 pages

The Ramallah Friends Meeting

Examining 100 Years of Peace and Justice Work 1

chapter 61|11 pages

‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’

The Friends Ambulance Unit, 1914–1959