By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Conflicts and controversies at domestic and in another country have led american citizens to target Islam greater than ever prior to. additionally, increasingly more in their buddies, colleagues, and associates 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 USA. This biography of Alexander Russell Webb, one of many earliest American Muslims to accomplish public renown, seeks to fill this gap.Webb used to be a crucial determine of yankee Islam through the overdue 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 fairly occupied with 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 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 number of books meant to introduce Islam to americans, 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 common in big apple and used to be 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 in which to discover the early heritage of Islam in the USA. apart from his followed religion, each element of Webb's lifestyles used to be, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It used to be simply because he used to be so ordinarily American that he used to be in a position to function Islam's ambassador to the USA (and vice versa). As America's Muslim neighborhood 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 skill to be an American Muslim.
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