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A Muslim in Victorian AmericaThe Life of Alexander Russell Webb$
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Umar F. Abd-Allah

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195187288.001.0001

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 Webb's Journey to Islam

 Webb's Journey to Islam

(p.47) 3 Webb's Journey to Islam
A Muslim in Victorian America

Umar F. Abd‐Allah

Oxford University Press

This chapter chronicles Webb's conversion to Islam. It is shown that Webb's conversion was actually a series of conversions. First, he adopted materialism, which he rejected for Buddhism in search for new spirituality. Then, he adopted Theosophy and made changes in his eating habits and lifestyle. Finally, he embraced Islam. The parallels of Webb's conversion with other Victorian converts to Islam and Buddhism are discussed.

Keywords:   Alexander Russell Webb, Islam, religious conversion, Theosophy, Muslim American

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