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Jeffrey Einboden
Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL 60115-2828)
Islamic Literacy in Early America: Muslim Sources of U.S. Authorship

Uncovering Islam's formative impact on the nation's literature, this project traces covert genealogies of Arabic and Persian influence, extending from Revolutionary beginnings to the Civil War. Complementing NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, this monograph excavates portraits of our most iconic authors, while also giving voice to unknown Muslim writings penned in the young republic. During the proposed year of work, the author will complete archival research for this book and develop a polished typescript. Two months of targeted library visits will allow for the remainder of the award period to be reserved for textual analysis, translation, and core writing.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014