The Cultural Roots of American Islamicism

The Cultural Roots of American Islamicism

by Timothy Marr
     
 

The Cultural Roots of American Islamicism explores the heritage of how Americans have long pressed orientalist images of Islam into service to globalize the authority of domestic cultural power. By delving deeply into rich and interdisciplinary archives of expression from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, the book examines how Muslim history and practices… See more details below

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The Cultural Roots of American Islamicism explores the heritage of how Americans have long pressed orientalist images of Islam into service to globalize the authority of domestic cultural power. By delving deeply into rich and interdisciplinary archives of expression from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, the book examines how Muslim history and practices provided a contentious global horizon that Americans engaged to orient the direction of their national project, the morality of their social institutions, and the contours of their romantic imaginations. Early Americans first viewed the Islamic world as an antichristian and despotic threat but progressively revised these images into a resource for fashioning more comparative and cosmopolitan alternatives. Readers will better understand how long-held habits of intercultural perception have shaped present impasses between the United States and the Muslim world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852937
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Imagining Ishmael : introducing American Islamicism1
1Islamicism and counterdespotism in early national cultural expression20
2"Drying up the Euphrates" : Muslims, millennialism, and early American missionary enterprise82
3Antebellum Islamicism and the transnational crusade of antislavery and temperance reform134
4"Turkey is in our midst" : Mormonism as an American "Islam"185
5American Ishmael : Herman Melville's literary Islamicism219
6Turning Turk : the gendered pageantry of mid-nineteenth-century Islamicism262

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