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

Author: Robert J Allison
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
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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 define national identity and purpose. Focusing on America's encounter with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison traces the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam in the American mind as the new nation constructed its ideology and system of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Allison, Robert J.
Crescent obscured
(DLC) 00025311
(OCoLC)43589788
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Allison
ISBN: 9780226308579 022630857X
OCLC Number: 896826692
Notes: Originally published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 266 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction; Chapter One: American Policy Toward the Muslim World; Chapter Two: The United States and the Specter of Islam; Chapter Three: A Peek Into the Seraglio: Americans, Sex, and the Muslim World; Chapter Four: American Slavery and the Muslim World; Chapter Five: American Captives in the Muslim World; Chapter Six: The Muslim World and American Benevolence; Chapter Seven: American Consuls in the Muslim World; Chapter Eight: Remembering the Tripolitan War; Chapter Nine: James Riley, the Return of the Captive; Notes; Index.
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 define national identity and purpose. Focusing on America's encounter with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison traces the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam in the American mind as the new nation constructed its ideology and system of government.""A powerful ending that explains how the experience with the Barbary states compelled many Americans to look inward ... with increasing doubts about the institution of sla.

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