Getting Out the Word

Umar F. Abd‐Allah

in A Muslim in Victorian America

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195187281
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784875 | DOI:
  Getting Out the Word

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This chapter focuses on Webb's efforts to get the word out about Islam. He welcomed direct discourse with the public in parlor talks, public speeches, question-and-answer sessions, or informal meetings. But he regarded the printed word to be his propaganda's principal and indispensable vehicle. In emphasizing the printed word, Webb based his mission on tasks that he, as a professional journalist, was well trained at performing. He produced a number of publications — printed lectures, journals, and books — and offered for sale a wide variety of books on Islam and religious topics, some of which were also available in the mission's reading room and study circles.

Keywords: Alexander Russell Webb; Islam; propaganda; printed word; lectures

Chapter.  12901 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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