Download PDF by Robert Allison: The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim

By Robert Allison

ISBN-10: 0226014908

ISBN-13: 9780226014906

From the start of the colonial interval to the new conflicts within the heart East, encounters with the Muslim global have helped americans outline nationwide identification and function. targeting America's come across with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison strains the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam within the American brain because the new state built its ideology and process of government.

"A robust finishing that explains how the adventure with the Barbary states forced many americans to appear inward . . . with expanding doubts concerning the establishment of slavery." —David W. Lesch, Middle East Journal

"Allison's incisive and informative account of the fledgling republic's stumble upon with the Muslim global is a revelation with a distinct pertinence to modern foreign scene." —Richard W. Bulliet, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This ebook may be generally learn. . . . Allison's examine presents a context for figuring out newer advancements, resembling America's tendency to demonize figures like Iran's Khumaini, Libya's Qaddafi, and Iraq's Saddam." —Richard M. Eaton, Eighteenth Century Studies

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From the start of the colonial interval to the hot conflicts within the heart East, encounters with the Muslim global have helped americans outline nationwide id and goal. concentrating on America's stumble upon with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison lines the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam within the American brain because the new state built its ideology and method of presidency.

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As this biography of Muhammad makes clear, Islam established a tyranny over the minds of men, which created a political tyranny just as wicked as Muhammad's religious imposture. At the end of the volume, the publisher advertised two books that he knew would appeal to readers of this biography of Muhammad. One was a series of essays on Christ's redemption and other religious ideas. The other was Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, the eighteenthcentury's most influential work of political theory, which set out liberal ideas on government and political organization.

He thought war would be more economical against Algiers than tribute, and that a blockade would be the most effective as well as the least expensive military tactic. Knowing the general public's aversion to taxes, Jefferson suggested a special tax on goods imported from the Mediterranean:The merchants who profited there should pay the expense of keeping it open. If only those who would benefit were taxed, most of the people would never feel this burden. Jefferson also knew that the central government needed some coercive power.

The administration feared the prospect of "increasing taxes, encroaching government, temptations to offensive wars, &c" more than it feared Tripoli. Preparing for contingent wars, Gallatin and Jefferson agreed, encouraged war. The administration insisted that the war be fought with money raised specifically for the war, that the country not be constandy ready to fight. 56 The Federalists did not think much of either Jefferson's economics or his plan to prevent a permanent military establishment supported by permanent taxes.

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