EDITORIAL This summer I had the privilege to attend the XIth Quadrennial International Conference of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), which was held in Port Dickson, Malaysia from July 31 till August 7, 2004. It was a wonderful conference in a heavenly spot by the shores of the Strait of Malacca. There were various inspir- ing keynote addresses, a number of informative visits, to Muslim aca- demical institutes, governmental buildings, a Buddhist monasteries etc., and — last but not least — countless warm and friendly meetings. The conference clearly revealed the dominant position of the English language in the current discourse of the IAMS. The latter has four o ﬃ cial languages, English, French, German and Spanish, and while a number of German and Spanish speaking persons participated in the conference, none of them spoke these languages either during the o ﬃ cial addresses or in the mutual discussions. The only exception was a French woman who spoke her mother tongue, but even she did so only incidentally. Edith Bernard who gave a keynote address sang French hymns. Her lecture, however, was in English. The almost continual use of English has certainly some advantages. It quickens
Exchange – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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