In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam

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Duke University Press, Sep 26, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages
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In the Name of Elijah Muhammad tells the story of the Nation of Islamóits rise in northern inner-city ghettos during the Great Depression through its decline following the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975 to its rejuvenation under the leadership of Louis Farrakhan. Mattias Gardell sets this story within the context of African American social history, the legacy of black nationalism, and the long but hidden Islamic presence in North America. He presents with insight and balance a detailed view of one of the most controversial yet least explored organizations in the United Statesóand its current leader.
Beginning with Master Farad Muhammad, believed to be God in Person, Gardell examines the origins of the Nation. His research on the period of Elijah Muhammadís long leadership draws on previously unreleased FBI files that reveal a clear picture of the bureauís attempts to neutralize the Nation of Islam. In addition, they shed new light on the circumstances surrounding the murder of Malcolm X. With the main part of the book focused on the fortunes of the Nation after Elijah Muhammadís death, Gardell then turns to the figure of Minister Farrakhan. From his emergence as the dominant voice of the radical black Islamic community to his leadership of the Million Man March, Farrakhan has often been portrayed as a demagogue, bigot, racist, and anti-Semite. Gardell balances the mediaís view of the Nation and Farrakhan with the Nationís own views and with the perspectives of the black community in which the organization actively works. His investigation, based on field research, taped lectures, and interviews, leads to the fullest account yet of the Nation of Islamís ideology and theology, and its complicated relations with mainstream Islam, the black church, the Jewish community, extremist white nationalists, and the urban culture of black American youth, particularly the hip-hop movement and gangs.
  

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Contents

Restoration of Dignity The Rise of Black Nationalism
11
A Black Moses in the House of Pharaoh
23
The Crescent of the Occident Islam in Black America prior to 1930
31
Noble Drew AH and the Moorish Gospel
37
The Genesis of the Nation of Islam
47
A Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness
50
A Nation of Islam
54
The Image of a Voodoo Cult in an Urban Jungle
55
The Mathematical Code of Islam
176
What is New in New Religions?
181
The Sun of Islam Will Rise in the West
187
Follow Bilal into Paradise
194
Qadhdhafi and the Third Universal
197
Islamic Reformer and World Transformer Qadhdhafis Twin Role
202
Qadhdhafi and the Nation of Islam
205
The Lost Found Nation of Islam
215

Muhammad is the Messenger of God
57
Champions for Allah
63
Forces of Evil
69
Exposing the Nation
71
X Terminated
76
A Federal Conspiracy to Neutralize the Nation of Islam
85
Knights of Americanism and the Threat of Black Islam
92
The Fall of the Nation
99
Rapid Islamization Transit
102
To Dismantle an Empire
109
Religion Perception and Change
114
The Resurrection of the Nation of Islam
119
The Fall and Resurrection of the Nation of Islam
122
Kinship Scripture and Strategies of Legitimation
125
The Messiah Has Finally Come
127
The Black Path of Redemption
131
Rebuilding the Black House
135
A Nation of Gods The Creed of Black Islam
144
The Making of a Devil
147
The Problem of Theodicy
149
Death Rides a Pale Horse and Hell Follows with Him
151
The Sleeping Beauty and the Prince of Love
153
The Wheel and Satan the Challenger
158
Apocalypse Now
160
Religion Logic and Configurations of Belief
165
There Are but How Many Gods?
170
Religion and Science
174
The Five Percent Nation of Islam
224
The Ansaaru Allah Community
225
Strained Seeds of Abraham Is the NOI an AntiChristian AntiSemitic Nazi Cult?
232
Christendoom and Crucifiction
233
Black Bridge over Troubled Waters
237
Blacks Jews and the Nation of Islam
245
From Dirty Religion Blues to Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
254
AntiSemites or AntiSatanites?
267
The Nazi Connection
271
A Divine Nation in a Decaying World
285
The HipHop Mission
293
When Somethins Wrong in tha Hood Who Are You Gonna Call?
301
Let My People Go
306
40 Acres and a Mule
310
Vote Black Muslim for Congress
312
The Black POWER of the Nation of Islam
317
Road to Freedom
322
Artificial Disease and Natural Health Care
324
Black Islamic Family Ideals
330
Justicia Niger
337
The Quest for Black Reunification
339
Children of Armageddon or To Civilize the Uncivilized
345
Notes
351
Bibliography
433
Index
471
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Mattias Gardell is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Uppsala University, Sweden.

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