Umar F. Abd-Allah's A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell PDF

By Umar F. Abd-Allah

Conflicts and controversies at domestic and in a foreign country have led american citizens to target Islam greater than ever earlier than. furthermore, increasingly more in their friends, colleagues, and pals are Muslims. whereas a lot has been written approximately modern American Islam and pioneering experiences have seemed on Muslim slaves within the antebellum interval, relatively little is understood approximately Islam in Victorian the US. 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 important determine of yankee Islam in the course of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. a local of the Hudson Valley, he was once a journalist, editor, and civil servant. Raised a Presbyterian, Webb early on started to domesticate an curiosity in different religions and have become quite eager 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 americans recognized to have performed so. inside of many years, he begun corresponding with very important Muslims in India. Webb turned an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yankee undertaking. He wrote various books meant to introduce Islam to americans, begun the 1st Islamic press within the usa, released a magazine entitled The Moslem global, and served because the consultant of Islam on the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago. In 1901, he was once appointed Honorary Turkish Consul common in big apple and was once invited to Turkey, the place he acquired Ottoman medals of merits.

In this first-ever biography of Webb, Umar F. Abd-Allah examines Webb's lifestyles and makes use of it as a window wherein to discover the early historical past of Islam in the USA. apart from his followed religion, each point of Webb's lifestyles was once, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he was once so in most cases American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the US (and vice versa). As America's Muslim group grows and turns into extra seen, Webb's lifestyles and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it capacity to be an American Muslim.

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