Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2007

Publication Title

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

Volume

27

Issue

2

First Page

297

Last Page

307

DOI

10.1080/13602000701536216

ISSN

1360-2004

Keywords

Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb, John A. Lant, Emin (Leo) Nabakoff, Moslem World (newspaper), Voice of Islam, Moslem World and Voice of Islam, Muslim newspapers in the United States

Abstract

In the spring of 1893, The Moslem World debuted as America's first Islamic publication. The paper was to be the centerpiece in Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb's Indian backed American Islamic Propaganda mission to the United States. Despite near unanimous praise from critics with regard to the printing quality of the paper, there was a mixed reaction to the paper's contents and Webb's scheme in general. The paper was only published for seven issues before financial shortfalls from India doomed the ambitious publication. As well, internal strife within Webb's movement hampered efforts to regain the necessary funding to carry on publication of the paper. In subsequent years, Webb was able to publish scaled down newspapers, but the Voice of Islam and the consolidated Moslem World and Voice of Islam were mere shadows of their predecessor and never able to fully fill the void caused by the former's collapse. This essay explores the development, publishing history, press reaction, and demise of these unique American newspapers.

Comments

Published in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 2, August 2007, pp. 297-307 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602000701536216