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 non secular cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: although almost unknown at the present time, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded recognition around the usa 2 hundred years in the past. terrible boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they turned the founding individuals of the Palestine undertaking 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 shuttle through the center East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a very important position 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 a long way 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 undertaking 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, a number of the missionaries constructed a sophisticated interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised pictures of Muslims for his or her American audiences that may either gasoline 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 complex legacy. The Palestine undertaking held the promise of acquainting american citizens with a fuller and extra actual figuring out of Islam, yet finally it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, person who grew to become the unofficial creed of the us over the process the 19th century. The political and non secular results of that final result undergo to at the present time.
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American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman