By Umar F. Abd-Allah

ISBN-10: 0195187288

ISBN-13: 9780195187281

Conflicts and controversies at domestic and overseas have led americans to target Islam greater than ever ahead of. additionally, a growing number of in their acquaintances, colleagues, and associates are Muslims. whereas a lot has been written approximately modern American Islam and pioneering reviews have seemed on Muslim slaves within the antebellum interval, relatively little is understood approximately Islam in Victorian the United States. This biography of Alexander Russell Webb, one of many earliest American Muslims to accomplish public renown, seeks to fill this gap.

Webb was once a significant determine of yank Islam in the course of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. a local of the Hudson Valley, he used to be a journalist, editor, and civil servant. Raised a Presbyterian, Webb early on started to domesticate an curiosity in different religions and have become rather excited about Islam. whereas serving as U.S. consul to the Philippines in 1887, he took a better curiosity within the religion and embraced it in 1888, one of many first american citizens identified to have performed so. inside many years, he all started corresponding with vital Muslims in India. Webb grew to become an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yank project. He wrote various books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, all started the 1st Islamic press within the usa, released a magazine entitled The Moslem international, and served because the consultant of Islam on the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago. In 1901, he used to be appointed Honorary Turkish Consul basic in big apple and was once invited to Turkey, the place he bought Ottoman medals of merits.

In this first-ever biography of Webb, Umar F. Abd-Allah examines Webb's existence and makes use of it as a window wherein to discover the early heritage of Islam in the United States. apart from his followed religion, each point of Webb's existence was once, as Abd-Allah exhibits, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It used to be simply because he used to be so as a rule American that he used to be in a position to function Islam's ambassador to the United States (and vice versa). As America's Muslim neighborhood grows and turns into extra noticeable, Webb's existence and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it capability to be an American Muslim.

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