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, a growing number of in their friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are Muslims. whereas a lot has been written approximately modern American Islam and pioneering stories have seemed on Muslim slaves within the antebellum interval, relatively little is understood approximately Islam in Victorian the USA. 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 critical determine of yank Islam through 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 relatively desirous 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 recognized to have performed so. inside of many years, he all started corresponding with vital Muslims in India. Webb turned an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yankee challenge. He wrote a variety of books meant to introduce Islam to americans, began 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 used to be appointed Honorary Turkish Consul basic 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 by which to discover the early historical past of Islam in the US. aside from his followed religion, each point of Webb's existence used to be, as Abd-Allah exhibits, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he was once so mostly American that he used to be capable of function Islam's ambassador to the United States (and vice versa). As America's Muslim neighborhood grows and turns into extra noticeable, Webb's lifestyles and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it ability to be an American Muslim.
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A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb by Umar F. Abd-Allah