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By Umar F. Abd-Allah

Conflicts and controversies at domestic and in a foreign country have led americans to target Islam greater than ever ahead of. additionally, an increasing number of in their acquaintances, colleagues, and neighbors 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 US. 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 principal determine of yank Islam in the course of the past due 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 fairly interested by 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 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 project. He wrote a variety of books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, all started 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 normal in long island and was once invited to Turkey, the place he got 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 background 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 was once simply because he used to be so commonly 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 obvious, 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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