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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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 Getting Out the Word

 Getting Out the Word

(p.181) 8 Getting Out the Word
A Muslim in Victorian America

Umar F. Abd‐Allah

Oxford University Press

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

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