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 learn of the hundreds of thousands of white american citizens who embraced Islam among 1800 and 1975. Drawing from little-known data, interviews, and infrequent books and periodicals, Patrick D. Bowen unravels the complicated social and spiritual components that resulted in the emergence of a large choice of yankee Muslim and Sufi conversion movements.
While many of the extra trendy Muslim and Sufi converts—including Alexander Webb, Maryam Jameelah, and Samuel Lewis—have acquired consciousness in earlier reports, White American Muslims earlier than 1975 is the 1st publication to focus on 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 publication chapters at the heritage 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 glossy Sufism. Libraries and experts drawn to American faith and smooth esotericism.
"A stable publication, recommended."
Mark Sedgwick, 25 August 2015
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A historical past of Conversion to Islam within the usa, quantity 1: White American Muslims prior to 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 elements that ended in the emergence of a large choice of yank Muslim and Sufi conversion pursuits.
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30 This was undoubtedly English. Through a favor of then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, English—a graduate of Harvard’s law and divinity schools—had joined the American military as a second lieutenant in the Marines in February 1815. English’s early military career was brief. In 1816, he was posted in the 29 30 The phrase ‘to turn Turk’ was also sometimes used as a derogatory euphemism for prostitution; see Warner G. Rice, “‘To Turn Turk,’” Modern Language Notes (March 1931): 153–54. National Advocate (New York), January 26, 1819, 2.
Here, English excelled. He had a gift for learning languages and he began reading medieval and early modern Hebrew texts as well as new works being published on Asian religions. ”58 During this time, English, now leaning towards the increasingly popular Unitarian 50 Ibid. 51 Ibid. 52 Knapp, American Biography, 96. 53 On English’s parents, see Harvard University, Harvard College Class of 1867. Secretary’s Report No. 14 (Boston: Geo. 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.
59 In any case, reading Jewish and Asian religion literature had fostered in English a critical view of traditional Christianity. ”61 He then explains how he arrived at his current critical position towards Christianity: When he first read the New Testament as a young man, English was convinced that the Bible had a divine origin. Not even the criticisms of Deists, he felt, were persuasive enough to abandon belief in the book’s having been directed by God. 62 These inconsistencies would thus call into question the Bible’s divine origins.
A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States: White American Muslims Before 1975 by Patrick D. Bowen