American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam

American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam


The marvelous story of the 1st American Protestant missionaries to proselytize within the Muslim world

In American Apostles, the Bancroft Prize-winning historian Christine Leigh Heyrman brilliantly chronicles the 1st fateful collision among American missionaries and the varied spiritual cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: although nearly unknown at the present time, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded recognition around the usa 200 years in the past. bad boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they grew to become the founding participants of the Palestine project and ventured to Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, and Syria, the place they sought to show the falsity of Muhammad's creed and to revive those bastions of Islam to actual Christianity. not just one of the first american citizens to commute during the center East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed an important position in shaping their compatriots' figuring out of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman exhibits, the missionaries delighted their American readers with stories of crossing the Sinai on camel, crusing a canal boat up the Nile, and exploring the traditional urban of Jerusalem. yet their inner most journals and letters usually inform a narrative some distance faraway from the stories they spun for domestic intake, revealing that their missions didn't move in keeping with plan. rather than changing the center East, the participants of the Palestine project themselves skilled unexpected religious demanding situations as they debated with Muslims, Jews, and jap Christians and pursued an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. As occasions confounded their expectancies, many of the missionaries built a worldly interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised photographs of Muslims for his or her American audiences that may either gas the 1st wave of Islamophobia within the usa and forge the long run personality of evangelical Protestantism itself.

American Apostles brings to existence evangelicals' first encounters with the center East and uncovers their advanced legacy. The Palestine project held the promise of acquainting americans with a fuller and extra actual figuring out of Islam, yet eventually it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, one who turned the unofficial creed of the us over the process the 19th century. The political and non secular effects of that end result undergo to this day.

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