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

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From the beginning of the colonial period to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, encounters with the Muslim world have helped Americans define national identity and purpose. Focusing on America's encounter with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison traces the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam in the American mind as the new nation ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 15th 2000 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1995)
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Jason S
Some interesting facts about America during the Barbary Wars, but overall there is too much analysis of literature and few other primary sources. Many of the chapters don't flow together into a coherent whole.
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Aug 08, 2015 Yunis Esa rated it really liked it
The book is collection of articles on theme of American dealing with Barbary States. Some of the chapters are more intense than others. I enjoyed the first, second, and the fourth the most.
Zachary Schulz
May 06, 2013 Zachary Schulz rated it liked it
Disjointed and highly repetitive. Yet, the monograph is still a good historiographical conveyance of the unique nature of American views of Islam. Specifically, what American views of Islam reflected of American societal constructs such as slavery, the strength/weakness of the powers of government, and rhetoric in political/religious dialogues.
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This was interesting, but a dry read.
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Dr. Robert J. Allison is Professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston and also teaches history at the Harvard Extension School. He graduated from the Harvard Extension School with an A.L.B. before earning a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 1992.

Professor Allison received the Harvard Extension School's Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997, the Suffo
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