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By Ussama Makdisi

The advanced courting among the United States and the Arab international is going again additional than most folk detect. In Artillery of Heaven, Ussama Makdisi offers a foundational American come upon with the Arab global that happened within the 19th century, presently after the arriving of the 1st American Protestant missionaries within the center East. He tells the dramatic story of the conversion and dying of As'ad Shidyaq, the earliest Arab convert to American Protestantism. The fight over this man's physique and soul-and over how his tale should be told-changed the actors and cultures on each side.

In the unusual, multireligious panorama of the center East, American missionaries initially conflated Arabs with local americans and American tradition with an uncompromising evangelical Christianity. In flip, their Christian and Muslim rivals within the Ottoman Empire condemned the missionaries as malevolent intruders. but through the resulting war of words inside of and throughout cultures an unanticipated spirit of toleration used to be born that can't be credited to both american citizens or Arabs by myself. Makdisi offers a certainly transnational narrative for this new, liberal awakening within the center East, and the demanding situations that beset it.

By exploring overlooked possibilities for cultural figuring out, by means of retrieving unused ancient proof, and by way of juxtaposing for the 1st time Arab views and information with American ones, this publication counters a inspiration of an inevitable conflict of civilizations and therefore reshapes our view of the heritage of the USA within the Arab world.

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