By Umar F. Abd-Allah
Webb was once a significant determine of yankee Islam in the course of 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 relatively 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 identified to have performed so. inside of many years, he begun corresponding with vital Muslims in India. Webb turned an enthusiastic propagator of the religion, founding the 1st Islamic establishment within the usa: the yank project. He wrote various books meant to introduce Islam to american citizens, all started 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 was once appointed Honorary Turkish Consul normal in long island and was once invited to Turkey, the place he got 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 USA. with the exception of his followed religion, each point 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 quite often American that he was once capable of function Islam's ambassador to the United States (and vice versa). As America's Muslim group grows and turns into extra obvious, Webb's existence 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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