Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought

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SUNY Press, 2002 M05 2 - 174 pages
Many of the most prominent figures in African-American Islam have been dismissed as Muslim heretics and cultists. Focusing on the works of five of these notable figures Edward W. Blyden, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Wallace D. Muhammad author Edward E. Curtis IV examines the origin and development of modern African-American Islamic thought. Curtis notes that intellectual tensions in African-American Islam parallel those of Islam throughout its history most notably, whether Islam is a religion for a particular group of people or whether it is a religion for all people. In the African-American context, such tensions reflect the struggle for black liberation and the continuing reconstruction of black identity. Ultimately, Curtis argues, the interplay of particular and universal interpretations of the faith can allow African-American Islam a vision that embraces both a specific group of people and all people.

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Edward Wilmot Blyden 18321912 and
Noble Drew Ali 18861929 and the Establishment
Elijah Muhammad 18971975 and the Absolutism
Islamic Universalism Black Particularism
Wallace D Muhammad b 1933 Sunni Islamic Reform
Toward an Islam for One People and Many
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Edward E. Curtis IV is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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