By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb was once a crucial determine of yank Islam throughout 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 quite occupied with 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 of many years, he started corresponding with vital Muslims in India. Webb grew to become an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yankee challenge. He wrote a number of books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, begun 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 basic in manhattan and was once invited to Turkey, the place he got 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 heritage of Islam in the United States. aside from his followed religion, each element of Webb's lifestyles was once, as Abd-Allah exhibits, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he used to be so often American that he was once in a position to function Islam's ambassador to the United States (and vice versa). As America's Muslim group 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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