A Muslim in Victorian America : The Life of Alexander Russell Webb
In this first-ever biography of Alexander Russell Webb, Umar F. Abd-Allah examines Webb's life and uses it as a window through which to explore the early history of Islam in America. Except for his adopted faith, every aspect of Webb's life was, as Abd-Allah shows, quintessentially characteristic of his place and time. It was because he was so typically American that he was able to serve as Islam's ambassador to America (and vice versa). As America's Muslim community grows and becomes more visible, Webb's life and the virtues he championed - pluralism, liberalism, universal humanity, and a sense of civic and political responsibility - exemplify what it means to be an American Muslim.
- Hardback | 400 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
- 19 Nov 2006
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Umar F. Abd-Allah
Umar F. Abd-Allah is Chairman of the Board and Scholar-in-Residence of the Nawawi Foundation.
This amazing biography of Alexander Russell Webb sheds light on one of the most remarkable figures in the history of early Islam in America. * Lisa Kaaki, Arab News * His research provides a 'sound beginning' that enables a judicious reappraisal of the few other published accounts of Webb. * Miriam Forman-Brunell, The Journal of American History * Abd-Allah's work is a unique type of American studies in which the majority society is represented in the mirror of gradual emergence of native minority society - Native American Muslim. However, this book is a leading reflection of Victorian America in all its typical natures - cultural and educational as well as political and economic elements. * Saied R. Ameli, American Studies Journal * Abd-Allah provides readers with a treasure in this narrative . It is acessible, memorable in its wit, and instructive. This text is a must-read. * Journal of Islamic Studies *