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By Umar F. Abd-Allah

Conflicts and controversies at domestic and in another country have led americans to target Islam greater than ever sooner than. furthermore, increasingly more in their acquaintances, colleagues, and neighbors 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 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 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 quite thinking 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 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 yank venture. He wrote various 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 was once appointed Honorary Turkish Consul normal in manhattan 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 existence and makes use of it as a window in which to discover the early historical past of Islam in the US. with the exception of his followed religion, each element of Webb's existence 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 in most cases American that he was once 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 noticeable, Webb's lifestyles and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it capability to be an American Muslim.

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