American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism

American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism

by Thomas S. Kidd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691133492

ISBN-13: 9780691133492

Pub. Date: 10/27/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many of America's Christian evangelicals have denounced Islam as a "demonic" and inherently violent religion, provoking frustration among other Christian conservatives who wish to present a more appealing message to the world's Muslims. Yet as Thomas Kidd reveals in this sobering book, the conflicted views expressed…  See more details below

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"In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many of America's Christian evangelicals have denounced Islam as a "demonic" and inherently violent religion, provoking frustration among other Christian conservatives who wish to present a more appealing message to the world's Muslims. Yet as Thomas Kidd reveals in this sobering book, the conflicted views expressed by today's evangelicals have deep roots in American history." "Tracing Islam's role in the popular imagination of American Christians from the colonial period to today, Kidd demonstrates that Protestant evangelicals have viewed Islam as a global threat-while also actively seeking to convert Muslims to the Christian faith-since the nation's founding. He shows how accounts of "Mahometan" despotism and lurid stories of European enslavement by Barbary pirates fueled early evangelicals' fears concerning Islam, and describes the growing conservatism of American missions to Muslim lands up through the post-World War II era. Kidd exposes American Christians' anxieties about an internal Islamic threat from groups like the Nation of Islam in the 1960s and America's immigrant Muslim population today; and he demonstrates why Islam has become central to evangelical "end-times" narratives. Pointing to many evangelicals' unwillingness to acknowledge Islam's theological commonalities with Christianity and their continued portrayal of Islam as an "evil" and false religion, Kidd explains why Christians themselves are ironically to blame for the failure of evangelism in the Muslim world." American Christians and Islam is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the causes of the mounting tensions between Christians and Muslimstoday.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133492
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Ch. 1 Early American Christians and Islam 1

Ch. 2 The Barbary Wars, the Last Days, and Islam in Early National America 19

Ch. 3 Foreign Missions to Muslims in Nineteenth-Century America 37

Ch. 4 Samuel Zwemer, World War I, and "The Evangelization of the Moslem World in This Generation" 58

Ch. 5 The New Missionary Overture to Muslims and the Arab-Israeli Crisis 75

Ch. 6 Christians Respond to Muslims in Modern America 96

Ch. 7 Maturing Evangelical Missions and War in the Middle East 120

Ch. 8 American Christians and Islam After September 11, 2001 144

Epilogue 165

Notes 171

Index 195

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