A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1

White American Muslims before 1975


A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975 is the first in-depth study of the thousands of white Americans who embraced Islam between 1800 and 1975. Drawing from little-known archives, interviews, and rare books and periodicals, Patrick D. Bowen unravels the complex social and religious factors that led to the emergence of a wide variety of American Muslim and Sufi conversion movements.

While some of the more prominent Muslim and Sufi converts—including Alexander Webb, Maryam Jameelah, and Samuel Lewis—have received attention in previous studies, White American Muslims before 1975 is the first book to highlight previously unknown but important figures, including Thomas M. Johnson, Louis Glick, Nadirah Osman, and T.B. Irving.

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Patrick D. Bowen, Ph.D. (2013), University of Denver-Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program, is the author of over a dozen articles and book chapters on the history of non-Christian religious communities in the United States.
"A good book, recommended." – Mark Sedgwick, 25 August 2015
"Highly recommended." – M.S. Hill, in: CHOICE 53/7 (2016)
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Part I
1. From Renegades to Transcendentalists
2. The Occult Revival
3. The Makings of a Muslim Missionary
4. Islamophilic Masonry
5. The Rise and Fall of a Brotherhood
6. The Post-Movement Years

Part II
7. The Non-Orthodox Transition
8. New Bonds
9. Uniting Muslim Communities
10. The Postwar Shift
11. Reorientation


Academic libraries, specialists, practitioners, and educated laymen interested in conversion to Islam, Islam in the United States, and modern Sufism. Libraries and specialists interested in American religion and modern esotericism.