By Patrick D. Bowen
A historical past 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 american citizens who embraced Islam among 1800 and 1975. Drawing from little-known files, interviews, and infrequent books and periodicals, Patrick D. Bowen unravels the complicated social and spiritual elements that ended in the emergence of a large choice of yankee Muslim and Sufi conversion movements.
While a few of the extra in demand Muslim and Sufi converts—including Alexander Webb, Maryam Jameelah, and Samuel Lewis—have obtained recognition in past stories, White American Muslims sooner than 1975 is the 1st booklet to focus on formerly unknown yet vital figures, together with Thomas M. Johnson, Louis Glick, Nadirah Osman, and T.B. Irving.
Patrick D. Bowen, Ph.D. (2013), collage of Denver-Iliff university of Theology Joint Ph.D. application, is the writer of over a dozen articles and ebook chapters at the historical past of non-Christian spiritual groups within the United States.
Academic libraries, experts, practitioners, and expert laymen drawn to conversion to Islam, Islam within the usa, and sleek Sufism. Libraries and experts drawn to American faith and glossy esotericism.
"A strong e-book, recommended."
Mark Sedgwick, 25 August 2015
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On June 4, 1805, the American crew of the Philadelphia was freed. In converting to Islam, however, the five renegades had effectively renounced their American citizenship, so, on June 3, they were summoned to see the Pasha who gave them the option of staying in Tripoli or leaving the country. 25 The other four were escorted away by a guard. 26 Once the remaining crew members returned to American soil, word spread about the betrayal of five men on the Philadelphia, and for the rest of the First Barbary War, there were no other American captives positively known to have converted to Islam.
38 Nothing more is known about their backgrounds, and only a few facts are known about their fates. ”40 With such little information, it is impossible to accurately assess the sincerity and depth of Khalil and Achmed’s conversions. For English, on the other hand, much more evidence exists, although it is still difficult to come to a definitive conclusion. 42 Another suggestive anecdote comes from English’s Narrative. In it, he records that one day during the Nile expedition he stayed for a night at the home of local Muslims who offered their married daughters for him to sleep with.
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. Webb’s movement contained many elements that he had observed in the Theosophical Society and many of the movement’s original supporters had direct ties with the occult revival, some being Islamophilic Masons, others being Theosophists, New Thought followers, or individuals connected to the Rosicrucians.