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

December 2, 2020
The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815

From the beginning of the colonial period to the recentconflicts in the Middle East, encounters with the Muslim world havehelped Americans define national identity and purpose. Focusing onAmerica's encounter with the Barbary states of North Africa from1776 to 1815, Robert Allison traces the perceptions andmis-perceptions of Islam in the American mind as the new nationconstructed its ideology and system of government."A powerful ending that explains how the experience with theBarbary states compelled many Americans to look inward . . . withincreasing doubts about the institution of slavery." —David W.Lesch, Middle East Journal