By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The mind-blowing 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: even though nearly unknown this present day, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded recognition around the usa 200 years in the past. terrible boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they grew to become the founding contributors 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 go back and forth in the course of the center East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed an important function in shaping their compatriots' knowing of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman indicates, the missionaries overjoyed 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 cross in accordance with plan. rather than changing the center East, the contributors of the Palestine undertaking 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 photographs of Muslims for his or her American audiences that might 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 advanced legacy. The Palestine undertaking held the promise of acquainting americans with a fuller and extra exact realizing of Islam, yet eventually it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, one who turned the unofficial creed of the us over the process the 19th century. The political and spiritual results of that final result undergo to this day.
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