A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States: White - download pdf or read online

By Patrick D. Bowen

ISBN-10: 9004299947

ISBN-13: 9789004299948

A background of Conversion to Islam within the usa, quantity 1: White American Muslims sooner than 1975 is the 1st in-depth learn of the millions of white americans who embraced Islam among 1800 and 1975. Drawing from little-known documents, interviews, and infrequent books and periodicals, Patrick D. Bowen unravels the complicated social and spiritual components that resulted in the emergence of a wide selection of yank Muslim and Sufi conversion movements.

While the various extra well-known Muslim and Sufi converts—including Alexander Webb, Maryam Jameelah, and Samuel Lewis—have bought recognition in earlier stories, White American Muslims prior to 1975 is the 1st ebook to focus on formerly unknown yet very important figures, together with Thomas M. Johnson, Louis Glick, Nadirah Osman, and T.B. Irving.

Biographical note
Patrick D. Bowen, Ph.D. (2013), college of Denver-Iliff college of Theology Joint Ph.D. application, is the writer of over a dozen articles and ebook chapters at the heritage of non-Christian non secular groups within the United States.
Readership
Academic libraries, experts, practitioners, and proficient laymen drawn to conversion to Islam, Islam within the usa, and smooth Sufism. Libraries and experts drawn to American faith and smooth esotericism.
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"A solid e-book, recommended."
Mark Sedgwick, 25 August 2015

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In 1796 a Scottish national named Peter Lisle, who had joined the American navy in order to avoid a British court martial, embraced Islam when his American ship, the Betsey, was captured on the North African coast. s. Navy (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1963) and Robert J. Allison, The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776–1815 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). 3 Upon independence, however, the Americans had to defend themselves. This meant that—because the us did not have a particularly strong navy in its early years—American merchant ships were constantly being seized and their crews were being held hostage by various North African pirates attempting to extract ransoms and tributes.

These were, it seems, mostly friends of Muslim immigrants, the most notable of which was Louis Glick, the Chicago-born son of an immigrant Jewish couple. During the interwar period, Glick became the single most active white Muslim convert in the country, establishing a number of Islamic organizations and starting various other Islam-related enterprises, all of which greatly contributed to strengthening the national networks of Muslims. During the war years, as Chapter 9 reveals, Glick continued to play an important role in the uniting of American Muslims, even working closely with the African American Sunnis who were, at the time, establishing their own national Islamic network.

It is necessary to understand these groups for two reasons: (a) Their motivation for organizing may shed some light on the psychology of white American conversion to Islam generally. (b) Some of the prominent members of these groups became Webb’s earliest supporters when he started his own movement. Chapter 5 turns, finally, to the Islamic movement Webb led starting in 1893. Here, in addition to detailing most of the known events that occurred over the three years that the movement was alive, I show how the creation and growth of this movement was dependent on the occult revival for its American support, publicity, and organization.

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