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Conclusion: Webb's Legacy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195187288.003.0011
Conclusion: Webb's Legacy

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This chapter focuses on Webb's legacy. It argues that Webb's legacy is valuable for the future of American pluralism and the emerging self-definition of its large and growing Muslim community. Sulayman Nyang defines Webb as the prototype of a “Webbian tradition” within American Islam, one that is “color-blind,” addresses itself “to the plight of all people in the world,” and is disposed to balance religious identity with American culture, creating a sense of self that is at once genuinely American and truly Islamic. As a historical generalization, Nyang's Webbian tradition may be somewhat problematic, although it is useful as a sociological concept and future ideal. Webb was not completely color-blind. He did, however, express concern for the plight of the poor and oppressed, and he certainly saw Islam as eminently compatible with an American identity.

Keywords: Alexander Russell Webb; Islam; Muslim American; legacy; American pluralism; Sulayman Nyang

Chapter.  4318 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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