9781586486808

Faith Misplaced : The Broken Promise of U. S. - Arab Relations, 1820-2001

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    9781586486808

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    1586486802

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/22/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

In this riveting account of U.S.-Arab relations, award-winning author Ussama Makdisi explores why Arabs once had a favorable view of America and why they no longer do. Firmly rejecting the spurious notion of a civilizational clash between Islam and the West, Makdisi instead demonstrates how an initial zealous American missionary crusade was transformed across the nineteenth-century into a leading American educational presence in the Arab world, and how the advent of the idea of Wilsonian self-determination, amidst wide-scale Arab emigration to the United States, further bolstered a positive, foundational Arab idea of America. However, a series of subsequent political turning points-beginning with the British and French colonial partition of the Arab world in 1920 and culminating in the U.S.-backed creation of Israel in 1948 at the expense of the Palestinians-systematically alienated Arabs from America. Drawing on both American and Arab sources, Makdisi brings to the fore for the first time a wide range of hitherto marginalized Arab perspectives on their multifaceted cultural and political encounters with America. Unearthing this neglected history puts current politics and Arab attitudes toward the United States in a crucial historical perspective. By tracing how American missionaries laid the basis for an initial Arab discovery of America, and then how later U.S. policy decisions fueled anti-Americanism, Makdisi tells a powerful historical tale brimming with contemporary relevance.

Author Biography

Ussama Makdisi is Arab American Educational Foundation Professor of History at Rice University. In April 2009 the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar for his contributions to enriching the country’s discourse on Islam. His previous book, Artillery of Heaven, won the 2009 John Hope Franklin Prize.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Reclaiming Bible Landsp. 19
The Arab Discovery of Americap. 55
Benevolent Americap. 103
Betrayalp. 147
Picking Up the Piecesp. 205
Raising the Rag of Libertyp. 259
Reaping the Whirlwindp. 299
Epilogue: A New Beginning?p. 353
Note on Transliterationp. 367
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Notesp. 371
Bibliographic Essayp. 399
Indexp. 411
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