By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The dazzling 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 realization around the usa 200 years in the past. negative 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 precise Christianity. not just one of the first americans to trip in the course of the heart East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a vital function 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 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 based on plan. rather than changing the center East, the individuals of the Palestine challenge themselves skilled unexpected non secular demanding situations as they debated with Muslims, Jews, and jap Christians and pursued an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. As occasions confounded their expectancies, a number of the missionaries built a sophisticated interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised pictures of Muslims for his or her American audiences that might 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 project held the promise of acquainting american citizens with a fuller and extra exact knowing of Islam, yet finally it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, person who turned the unofficial creed of the USA over the process the 19th century. The political and spiritual effects of that final result undergo to this day.
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American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman