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Author Spellberg, Denise A.

Title Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an : Islam and the founders / Denise A. Spellberg.

Edition First Edition.
Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  973.46 SPE    AVAILABLE
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Description xv, 392 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-375) and index.
Contents Introduction : Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an : imagining the Muslim as citizen at the founding of the United States -- The European Christian origins of negative, incorrect, curious, but sometimes accurate American ideas about Islam and Muslims, 1529-1797 -- Positive European Christian precedents for the toleration of Muslims, and their presence in colonial America, 1554-1706 -- What Jefferson learned, and didn't, from his Qur'an : his negative views of Islam, and their political uses, contrasted with his support for Muslim civil rights, 1765-1786 -- Could a Muslim be president? : Muslim rights and the ratification of the Constitution, 1788 -- Jefferson "the infidel" wages war against an Islamic power; entertains the first Muslim ambassador in Washington; decides on where to place the Qur'an in his library; and affirms his support for Muslim rights, 1790-1823 -- Beyond toleration : John Leland, Baptist advocate for the rights of Muslims, 1776-1841 -- Afterword why can't a Muslim be president? : eighteenth-century ideals of the Muslim citizen and their significance in the twenty-first century.
Summary "Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson's political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders' ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done."
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Political and social views.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Religion.
Muslims -- Civil rights -- History -- 18th century.
Islam and politics.
Freedom of religion -- History -- 18th century.
Constitutional history.
Added Title Thomas Jefferson's Koran
ISBN 9780307268228 (hbk.)
0307268225 (hbk.)
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