Book Hour: “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders” with author Denise Spellberg


(00:00) This book concerns the influence of Islam in the development of religious freedom. The freedom was created in the context of strong feelings against Catholicism and Judaism. The book also brings forth the supposition that Islam was probably the largest religious minority in the United States in the 1700’s. This claim is based upon the fact that the primary sources of slaves were taken from Islamic West African nations. Considering the number of slaves taken from these areas and Muslim birth names given to slave children born in America, there may have been tens of thousands of Muslims in America. The Founding Fathers were not cognizant of this potential and only considered Islam in the abstract when building a case for religious freedom. A very interesting book and conversation.

Today’s Guest:
Denise Spellberg

by Denise A. Spellberg
buynow through Tattered Cover Book Store

Music Featured:
“Tapestry” – Carole King
“Peace Train” – Cat Stevens
“Forever Young” – Bob Dylan
“Nothing Else Matters” – Metallica

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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.