By Patrick D. Bowen
A historical past of Conversion to Islam within the usa, quantity 1: White American Muslims ahead of 1975 is the 1st in-depth examine of the hundreds of thousands of white americans who embraced Islam among 1800 and 1975. Drawing from little-known information, interviews, and infrequent books and periodicals, Patrick D. Bowen unravels the complicated social and non secular components that resulted in the emergence of a large choice of yankee Muslim and Sufi conversion movements.
While the various extra admired Muslim and Sufi converts—including Alexander Webb, Maryam Jameelah, and Samuel Lewis—have got cognizance in past stories, White American Muslims prior to 1975 is the 1st ebook to spotlight formerly unknown yet very important figures, together with Thomas M. Johnson, Louis Glick, Nadirah Osman, and T.B. Irving.
Patrick D. Bowen, Ph.D. (2013), collage of Denver-Iliff institution of Theology Joint Ph.D. software, is the writer of over a dozen articles and e-book chapters at the historical past of non-Christian non secular groups within the United States.
Academic libraries, experts, practitioners, and proficient laymen drawn to conversion to Islam, Islam within the usa, and glossy Sufism. Libraries and experts attracted to American faith and smooth esotericism.
"A sturdy publication, recommended."
Mark Sedgwick, 25 August 2015
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See Vivian, Americans, 80–81, 85. 47 Vivian, Americans, 85. 48 “George B. English,” Spectator (New York), July 26, 1822, 3. This exposition of the Qur˒an, like several of English’s unpublished writings, has not yet been found. It may be included in his “Miscellaneous religious instruction,” which is appended to a manuscript copy of A Narrative located at Yeshiva University. 49 Ibid. ’51 For the rest of his life, English would repeatedly deny having converted to Islam,52 but at least one of these claims—Wolf’s assertion about English’s criticism of Christianity—was at least partially based in fact.
H. , 1918), 62–63. 54 “George B. English,” Spectator, 3; Harvard College, A Catalogue of the Fraternity of ΦBK, Alpha of Massachusetts (Cambridge: Charles W. Sever, 1873), 19; Knapp, American Biography, 92. 55 “George B. w. , 1829), 6. 56 Harvard, A Catalogue of the Fraternity of ΦBK, 19; “George B. English,” Spectator, 3. 57 “George B. English,” Spectator, 3; Knapp, American Biography, 92. 59 In any case, reading Jewish and Asian religion literature had fostered in English a critical view of traditional Christianity.
The first prominent convert to Islam, Alexander Russell Webb, was closely tied to the 1880s rebirth of the ts in America, and it was during the expansion of the occult revival that decade that he embraced Islam. At the time of his From Renegades To Transcendentalists 29 conversion, however, Webb was living overseas and remained fairly isolated until 1893. That year, he returned to the us, and by gaining the allegiance of several people tied to liberal religion and the occult revival, he was able to lead not just the first conversion to Islam movement for white Americans, but the first movement for white Americans to formally join any Asian-majority religion.