Islam in the African-American Experience

Islam in the African-American Experience

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"A significant contribution to our understanding of the role of individuals, Muslim groups, as well as the religion of Islam in the shaping of African-American Muslim identity...I believe that the book will be the standard text used for courses on the subject." - Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts. Malcolm X and, more recently, Louis Farrakhan are two of the more visible signs of the importance of Islam in the African-American community. Yet, as Richard Brent Turner shows in this fascinating book, the involvement of black Americans with Islam is not a recent phenomenon. Turner reaches back to the earliest days of the slave trade and traces the story of Islam's growing influence in the lives and culture of African-Americans. Part I of the book roots twentieth-century African-American Islam in the Middle East, West Africa, and antebellum America. Part II tells the story of the 'Prophets of the City' - the leaders of the new urban-based African-American Muslim movements in the twentieth century.
Turner positions the study of Islam in a historical context of racial, ethical, and political divisions that influenced the history of slavery in America. He offers evidence that the current racial separation among Muslims in America is not entirely the result of black nationalism or a new phenomenon in Islam, but a common pattern for black people in African Islam before the Atlantic slave trade. Turner proposes to balance the weight accorded to black nationalism in shaping Islam in black America by looking at the influence of the Ahmadiyya Movement, an Islamic missionary group from India representative of a multi-racial Islam.
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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • 111 b&w photos
  • 0253211042
  • 9780253211040

Table of contents

Introduction. What Shall We Call Him: Islam and African-American Identity I. Root Sources 1. Muslims in a Strange Land: African Muslim Slaves in America 2. Pan-Africanism and the New American Islam: Edward Wilmont Blyden and Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb II. Prophets of the City 3. The Name Means Everything: Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Science Temple of America 4. The Ahmadiyya Mission to America: A Multi-Racial Model for American Islam 5. Missionizing and Signifying: W. D. Fard and the Early History of the Nation of Islam 6. Malcolm X and His Successors: Contemporary Significations of African-American Islam Epilogue. Commodification of Identity Notes Bibliography Index
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