By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb used to be a critical determine of yankee Islam throughout 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 really fascinated 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 identified to have performed so. inside many years, he 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 a variety of books meant to introduce Islam to americans, began 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 was once appointed Honorary Turkish Consul basic in long island 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 lifestyles and makes use of it as a window by which to discover the early heritage of Islam in the United States. apart from his followed religion, each element of Webb's lifestyles used to be, as Abd-Allah exhibits, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he was once so commonly American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the USA (and vice versa). As America's Muslim group 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 potential 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