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The crescent obscured : the United States and the Muslim world, 1776-1815

Author: Robert J Allison
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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From the beginning of the colonial period to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, encounters with the Muslim world have helped Americans to define national identity and purpose. Looking at the early years of the republic, Robert Allison traces the image of Islam in the American mind as the new nation constructed its ideology and system of government. Allison begins with Americans' first contacts with the Muslim  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Allison, Robert J.
Crescent obscured.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624332015
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Allison
ISBN: 0195086120 9780195086126
OCLC Number: 29878199
Description: xviii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. American Policy Toward the Muslim World --
Ch. 2. United States and the Specter of Islam --
Ch. 3. Peek Into the Seraglio: Americans, Sex, and the Muslim World --
Ch. 4. American Slavery and the Muslim World --
Ch. 5. American Captives in the Muslim World --
Ch. 6. Muslim World and American Benevolence --
Ch. 7. American Consuls in the Muslim World --
Ch. 8. Remembering the Tripolitan War --
Ch. 9. James Riley, the Return of the Captive.
Responsibility: Robert J. Allison.
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From the beginning of the colonial period to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, encounters with the Muslim world have helped Americans to define national identity and purpose. Looking at the early years of the republic, Robert Allison traces the image of Islam in the American mind as the new nation constructed its ideology and system of government. Allison begins with Americans' first contacts with the Muslim world in the Barbary states of North Africa. In 1785 Algiers seized two American merchant vessels, and by 1815 some six hundred Americans would be held captive in the Muslim world. No longer protected by the British navy, captive American sailors languished in Algiers while their government debated what action to take. Allison examines the responsibility the U.S. government felt it had to its citizens, the role private citizens had in directing international policy, and what captivity meant to the captives as well as to their compatriots at home. The American war with Tripoli ended with Americans believing they had overcome the menace of despotism and freed themselves from the fate of other nations. With this came a new sense of national purpose which manifested itself in paintings, poetry, drama, and politics. Examining the literature and histories of the period, Allison considers Americans' visions of Muhammed, as well as the differences in ideas of political power, gender relations, and slavery.

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