American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam

American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam


The amazing 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 non secular cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: even though almost unknown at the present time, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded awareness around the usa 2 hundred years in the past. negative boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they grew to become the founding contributors of the Palestine challenge and ventured to Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, and Syria, the place they sought to reveal the falsity of Muhammad's creed and to revive those bastions of Islam to real Christianity. not just one of the first americans to commute during the heart East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a very important function in shaping their compatriots' realizing 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 frequently inform a narrative some distance faraway from the stories they spun for domestic intake, revealing that their missions didn't cross in accordance with plan. rather than changing the center East, the participants of the Palestine undertaking 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, the various missionaries built a worldly interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised pictures of Muslims for his or her American audiences that will either gas the 1st wave of Islamophobia within the usa and forge the longer term personality of evangelical Protestantism itself.

American Apostles brings to existence evangelicals' first encounters with the center East and uncovers their complex legacy. The Palestine project held the promise of acquainting american citizens with a fuller and extra actual realizing of Islam, yet finally it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, one who grew to become the unofficial creed of the USA over the process the 19th century. The political and non secular outcomes of that consequence suffer to this day.

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