By Ussama Makdisi
The complicated courting among the United States and the Arab international is going again additional than most folks notice. In Artillery of Heaven, Ussama Makdisi offers a foundational American come upon with the Arab global that happened within the 19th century, presently after the coming of the 1st American Protestant missionaries within the center East. He tells the dramatic story of the conversion and loss of life of As'ad Shidyaq, the earliest Arab convert to American Protestantism. The fight over this man's physique and soul-and over how his tale can be told-changed the actors and cultures on either side.
In the strange, multireligious panorama of the center East, American missionaries in the beginning conflated Arabs with local americans and American tradition with an uncompromising evangelical Christianity. In flip, their Christian and Muslim rivals within the Ottoman Empire condemned the missionaries as malevolent intruders. but throughout the resulting disagreement inside of and throughout cultures an unanticipated spirit of toleration used to be born that can't be credited to both americans or Arabs on my own. Makdisi presents a really transnational narrative for this new, liberal awakening within the heart East, and the demanding situations that beset it.
By exploring overlooked possibilities for cultural knowing, through retrieving unused old proof, and by way of juxtaposing for the 1st time Arab views and files with American ones, this ebook counters a idea of an inevitable conflict of civilizations and hence reshapes our view of the historical past of the USA within the Arab world.
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Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (The United States in the World) by Ussama Makdisi