A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Social Science - 239 pages

The release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's extensive archive of surveillance files, interviews, and firsthand accounts has made it possible to reveal the truth behind the myths and misperceptions about the Nation of Islam. This comprehensive resource catalogues the times, places, and people that shaped the philosophies from its formative years through to its present incarnation.

The definitive source on the subject, A History of The Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom draws on over a dozen interviews, along with archival and rarely-used sources. The book departs from the usual "Malcolm X-centric" treatment of the subject, and instead examines the early leadership of Fard Muhammad, challenges conventional views on Malcolm X, and explores the present day internal politics of the movement post Louis Farrakhan's retirement.

 

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Contents

1 Early Beginnings
1
2 The Peddler 19301933
13
3 Building an Empire 19341960
27
4 The Messenger and His Minister 19601975
49
5 A House Divided 19751977
71
6 The Resurrected NOI 19801990
85
7 Louis Farrakhan and the Million Man March 19901995
111
8 Internationalizing the Nation 19952005
129
The New Nation of Islam 20062009
155
10 Succession
181
Notes
187
Bibliography
215
Index
227
About the Author
241
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About the author (2012)

Dawn-Marie Gibson, PhD, teaches modern U.S. history at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She teaches courses on the Civil Rights Movement, U.S. history since 1877, and African American Islam.

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