The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim by Robert Allison

By Robert Allison

From the start of the colonial interval to the hot conflicts within the heart East, encounters with the Muslim global have helped american citizens outline nationwide id and function. targeting America's come upon with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison strains the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam within the American brain because the new state built its ideology and process of government.

"A strong finishing that explains how the event with the Barbary states pressured many americans to appear inward . . . with expanding doubts concerning the establishment of slavery." —David W. Lesch, Middle East Journal

"Allison's incisive and informative account of the fledgling republic's stumble upon with the Muslim global is a revelation with a distinct pertinence to brand new foreign scene." —Richard W. Bulliet, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This ebook will be greatly learn. . . . Allison's research offers a context for knowing more moderen advancements, equivalent to America's tendency to demonize figures like Iran's Khumaini, Libya's Qaddafi, and Iraq's Saddam." —Richard M. Eaton, Eighteenth Century Studies

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The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815

From the start of the colonial interval to the new conflicts within the center East, encounters with the Muslim international have helped american citizens outline nationwide id and objective. concentrating on America's stumble upon with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison strains the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam within the American brain because the new state developed its ideology and approach of presidency.

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Twenty years earlier, visitors from North Africa had roused fear and suspicion. Now, in 1805, such visitors were harmless objects of curiosity. Seven Tripolitan prisoners of war, captured at sea, were brought to New York on the John Adams in March 1805. Their arrival was a boon to the local theaters, which competed for the Tripolitans' attendance. Though New York audiences had often seen "the personation ofTurks and three-tailed Bashaws," this was the first appearance of "your real bona fide imported Turks" on any American stage.

S. navy to the Mediterranean. " The 24 American Policy Toward the Muslim World United States would not be accused of failing to honor its obligations. Jefferson proposed to pay up and fight. 48 Jefferson's diplomatic experience in the 1780s had convinced him that military force was the only way to deal with the Barbary states. But his political experience in the 1790s had reinforced his fear of government power and made him wary of using that force. So in plunging once again into Barbary affairs,Jefferson was setting out to do a number of things.

Mr. Lamb is about to embark from Minorca with a load ofJack-asses for America. "36 Jefferson could not find another agent, and knew that negotiations would be fruidess as long as the United States had neither a navy nor lavish tribute to offer. Richard O'Brien and twenty other Americans still were captive in Algiers, and Jefferson was their main contact. He advised O'Brien to be discreet and not to tell the Algerians what strategy Jefferson was pursuing for their release. In truth, O'Brien would have had very litde to tell.

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