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The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture: Muslim Sources from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Jeffrey Einboden

Abstract

The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture maps the Middle Eastern interiors and interiority of New World authorship, tracing neglected genealogies of Islamic source reception from the Revolution to Reconstruction. Privileging informal engagements and intimate exchanges, the book uncovers Islam’s formative impact on U.S. literary origins, excavating personal and private appeals to the Qur’ān, ḥadīth, and Sufi poetry by pivotal authors of early American literature, spanning the nation’s century of self-definition, from the 1770s to the 1870s. Domesticated in a double sense, literal and li ... More

Keywords: early American literature, Qur’ān, Arabic literacy, Islam, Ezra Stiles, William Bentley, Washington Irving, Lydia Maria Child, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199397808
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199397808.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Einboden, author
Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University