By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb used to be a relevant determine of yankee Islam through 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 relatively interested by 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 recognized to have performed so. inside of 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 quite a few 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 was once appointed Honorary Turkish Consul common in ny and was once invited to Turkey, the place he obtained 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 by which to discover the early heritage of Islam in the US. apart from his followed religion, each element of Webb's existence was once, as Abd-Allah exhibits, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It used to be simply because he used to be so in most cases American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the USA (and vice versa). As America's Muslim group grows and turns into extra obvious, Webb's lifestyles and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it ability to be an American Muslim.
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