By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb was once 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 really 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 americans identified to have performed so. inside of many years, he 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 undertaking. He wrote a variety 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 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 existence and makes use of it as a window wherein to discover the early heritage of Islam in the USA. 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 quite often 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 existence 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