By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb was once a important determine of yankee Islam in the course of the overdue 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 rather desirous 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 turned an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yank challenge. He wrote various books meant to introduce Islam to americans, began 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 big apple and used to be 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 wherein to discover the early background of Islam in the US. apart from his followed religion, each point of Webb's existence was once, as Abd-Allah indicates, quintessentially attribute of his position and time. It was once simply because he was once so more often than not American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the USA (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 capacity to be an American Muslim.
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