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Sacred InterestsThe United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921$
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Karine Walther

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625393

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625393.001.0001

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Understanding and Classifying the United States’ “Mohammedan Wards” in the Philippines, 1898–1905

Understanding and Classifying the United States’ “Mohammedan Wards” in the Philippines, 1898–1905

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(p.157) 5 Understanding and Classifying the United States’ “Mohammedan Wards” in the Philippines, 1898–1905
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Sacred Interests
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Karine V. Walther

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625393.003.0005

Chapter 5 focuses on the period between 1898 and 1905 and analyzes American religious justifications for the annexation of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War and the role that American beliefs about Islam played in the early colonial apparatus. The chapter begins by analyzing the religious motivations that prompted the extension of American Empire to the Philippines, including the rhetoric of anti-imperialism. It analyzes how Americans sought to deal with the “Moro Problem”: the phrase that came to describe how the United States would go about governing its Muslims subjects. The chapter offers specific analysis of the first Philippines Commission, headed by Jacob Schurman, who initiated the classification and categorization of Filipinos according to their racial and religious identities.

Keywords:   Spanish-American War, Filipino Muslims, American Empire, Philippines, Anti-Imperialism, Moro Problem, Schurman Commission, Jacob Schurman

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