(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.
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