By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb used to be a critical determine of yank Islam in the course of 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 fairly enthusiastic 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 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 undertaking. He wrote a variety of books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, 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 normal in big apple 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 lifestyles and makes use of it as a window by which to discover the early background of Islam in the USA. with the exception of his followed religion, each element of Webb's existence used to be, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It used to be simply because he was once so generally American that he used to be in a position to 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 capacity to be an American Muslim.
Read or Download A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb PDF
Best ethnic & national biographies books
From a starting in an Egyptian delta city and the port of Alexandria to the scenic vistas of sunny southern California, Ahmed Zewail takes us on a voyage via time — his personal existence and the split-second global of the femtosecond. during this endearing exposé of his existence and paintings till his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1999, he attracts classes from his existence tale thus far, and he meditates at the influence which the revolution in technology has had on our glossy international — in either constructed and constructing nations.
Whether or not they have been really Hungarian or Bohemian, “Hunkies” or “Bohunks,” or perhaps from japanese Europe in any respect, to the previous ranchers of the good Plains, the farmers and settlers who moved in and fenced off the open land have been no-account “Honyockers. ” And to Honyockers like David Mogen’s humans, who equipped lives within the face of significant trouble and prejudice, the identify got here to endure all of the that means and gear in their hard-won domestic position.
A number one African American highbrow of the early 20th century, Eugene Kinckle Jones (1885-1954) was once instrumental in professionalizing black social paintings in the United States. In his function as government secretary of the nationwide city League, Jones labored heavily with social reformers who recommended on behalf of African american citizens and opposed to racial discrimination within the usa.
Having been sexually abused by way of a boxing trainer as a youngster, and never understanding who to belief or inform, Roland Vandal chanced on solace in medications and alcohol. His conflict with habit, and his unwillingness to talk of his demons, ended in failed relationships, undesirable offerings, crime, hassle with the legislation, and PTSD. After an evening of partying with acquaintances in 2001, Roland came upon himself on my own in a Winnipeg inn and tried suicide.
Additional info for A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb
A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb by Umar F. Abd-Allah