After formally announcing his conversion to Islam in the late 1880s, the Liverpool lawyer William Henry Abdullah Quilliam publicly propagated his new faith and established the first community of Muslim converts in Victorian Britain. Despite decades of relative obscurity following his death, with the resurgence of interest in Muslim heritage in the West since 9/11 Quilliam has achieved iconic status in Britain and beyond as a pivotal figure in the history of Western Islam and Muslim-Christian relations.
In this timely book, leading experts of the religion, history and politics of Islam offer new perspectives and shed fresh light on Quilliam's life and work. Through a series of original essays, the authors critically examine Quilliam's influences, philosophy and outlook, the significance of his work for Islam, his position in the Muslim world and his legacy. Collectively, the authors ask pertinent questions about how conversion to Islam was viewed and received historically, and how a zealous convert like Quilliam negotiated his religious and national identities and sought to indigenise Islam in a non-Muslim country.
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About the Author
Jamie Gilham is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam, 1850-1950.
Ron Geaves is Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Archaeology and Religion, based in the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University. He is the author of Islam in Victorian Britain: The Life and Times of Abdullah Quilliam, along with other books on contemporary Islam.
Table of Contents
Jamie Gilham and Ron Geaves
1. Abdullah Quilliam: A Muslim Revolutionary Socialist?
Mohammad Siddique Seddon
2. Abdullah Quilliam and the Rise of International Esoteric-Masonic Islamophilia
Patrick D. Bowen
3. The Significance of Abdullah Quilliam's Literary Output
4. 'Fairer to the Ladies' and of Benefit to the Nation: Abdullah Quilliam on Reforming British Society by Islamising Gender Relationships
5. Abdullah Quilliam, Marmaduke Pickthall and the Politics of Christendom and the Ottoman Empire
6. Abdullah Quilliam, First and Last 'Sheikh-ul-Islam of the British Isles'
7. Abdullah Quilliam's International Influence: America, West Africa and Beyond
Brent D. Singleton
8. Preachers, Patriots and Islamists: Contemporary British Muslims and the Afterlives of Abdullah Quilliam