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By Umar F. Abd-Allah

Conflicts and controversies at domestic and out of the country have led american citizens to target Islam greater than ever prior to. furthermore, progressively more in their acquaintances, colleagues, and buddies 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 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 imperative 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 relatively eager 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 identified 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 yank venture. He wrote quite a few books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, 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 used to be appointed Honorary Turkish Consul common in manhattan and used to be invited to Turkey, the place he obtained 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 during which to discover the early historical past of Islam in the US. apart from his followed religion, each element 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 in most cases 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 seen, 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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