By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb used to be a principal determine of yankee 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 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 many years, he started 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 undertaking. He wrote various books meant to introduce Islam to americans, began the 1st Islamic press within the usa, released a magazine entitled The Moslem international, 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 manhattan 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 by which to discover the early heritage of Islam in the US. apart from his followed religion, each element of Webb's lifestyles used to be, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he was once so often American that he was once in a position to function Islam's ambassador to the US (and vice versa). As America's Muslim neighborhood grows and turns into extra noticeable, Webb's existence and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, common humanity, and a feeling of civic and political accountability - exemplify what it skill to be an American Muslim.
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