By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb used to be a vital 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 rather serious 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 american citizens 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 project. 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 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 common 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 during which to discover the early historical past of Islam in the United States. aside from his followed religion, each point of Webb's existence was once, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It used to be simply because he was once so mostly American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the US (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 capacity 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