By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The fantastic 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: even though nearly unknown this present day, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded awareness around the usa 200 years in the past. terrible boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they turned the founding individuals 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 americans to shuttle through the heart East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a vital function in shaping their compatriots' knowing of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman indicates, 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 a ways faraway from the stories they spun for domestic intake, revealing that their missions didn't pass in keeping with 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 worldly interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised photos of Muslims for his or her American audiences that might either gasoline 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 americans with a fuller and extra exact knowing of Islam, yet finally it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, person who grew to become the unofficial creed of the U.S. over the process the 19th century. The political and spiritual outcomes of that end result suffer to this present day.
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