By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The astounding 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 various non secular cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: notwithstanding nearly unknown this day, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded awareness around the usa 200 years in the past. negative boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they turned 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 precise Christianity. not just one of the first american citizens to trip through the center East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a very important position in shaping their compatriots' knowing of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman indicates, the missionaries extremely joyful 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 deepest 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 accordance with plan. rather than changing the center East, the individuals of the Palestine venture themselves skilled unexpected non secular demanding situations as they debated with Muslims, Jews, and japanese Christians and pursued an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. As occasions confounded their expectancies, the various missionaries built a sophisticated interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised photos 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 advanced legacy. The Palestine challenge held the promise of acquainting americans with a fuller and extra exact knowing of Islam, yet finally it reinforced a extra militant Christianity, one who grew to become the unofficial creed of the U.S. over the process the 19th century. The political and spiritual effects of that end result suffer to at the present time.
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