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A Muslim in Victorian America
The Life of Alexander Russell Webb876
Alexander Russell Webb (1846-1916) was a central figure in the early history of Islam in America. A native of the Hudson Valley, Webb was a journalist, editor, and civil servant. Raised a Presbyterian, Webb early on began to cultivate an interest in other religions. While serving as U.S. consul to the Philippines in 1887, he became fascinated by Islam as he saw it practiced and began corresponding with leading Muslims. He converted in 1888, one of the first
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Americans known to have done so. Webb became an enthusiastic propagator of the faith, founding the first Islamic institution in the United States: the American Moslem Brotherhood. He wrote numerous books intended to introduce Islam to Americans, started the first Islamic press in the United States,
published a journal entitled The Moslem World, and served as the representative of Islam at the 1893 Worlds Parliament of Religions in Chicago. In this first-ever biography of Webb, Umar F. Abd-Allah examines Webbs life and uses it as a window through which to explore the early history of Islam in America. In every aspect of his life except his adopted faith, Abd-Allah shows, Webb was quintessentially a man of his place and time. It was because he was so typically American that he was able to
serve as Islam's ambassador to America (and vice versa). As Americas Muslim community grows and becomes more visible, Webbs life and the virtues he championed pluralism, liberalism, universal humanity, and a sense of civic and political responsibility exemplify what it means to be an American
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Conflicts and controversies at home and abroad have led Americans to focus on Islam more than ever before. In addition, more and more of their neighbors, colleagues, and friends are Muslims. While much has been written about contemporary American ...
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Journal of Islamic Studies Abd-Allah provides readers with a treasure in this narrative . It is acessible, memorable in its wit, and instructive. This text is a must-read.
Saied R. Ameli, American Studies Journal Abd-Allah's work is a unique type of American studies in which the majority society is represented in the mirror of gradual emergence of native minority society - Native American Muslim. However, this book is a leading reflection of Victorian America in all its typical natures - cultural and educational as well as political and economic elements.
Miriam Forman-Brunell, The Journal of American History His research provides a 'sound beginning' that enables a judicious reappraisal of the few other published accounts of Webb.
Lisa Kaaki, Arab News This amazing biography of Alexander Russell Webb sheds light on one of the most remarkable figures in the history of early Islam in America.
Umar F. Abd-Allah is the Chair and Scholar-in-Residence at the Nawawi Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation based in Chicago. Abd-Allah received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1978.