Black Pilgrimage to Islam

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This book offers a comprehensive ethnographic study of African-American Muslims. Drawing on hundreds of interviews conducted over a period of several years, Dannin provides an unprecedented look inside the fascinating and little understood world of black Muslims. He discovers that the well-known and cult-like Nation of Islam represents only a small part of the picture. Many more African-Americans are drawn to Islamic orthodoxy, with its strict adherence to the Qur'an. Dannin takes us to the First Cleveland Mosque, the oldest continuing Muslim institution in America, on to a permament Muslim village in Buffalo, and then inside New York's maximum-security prisons to hear testimony of the powerful attraction of Islam for individuals in desperate situations. He looks at the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X, and the ongoing warfare between the Nation of Islam and orthodox Muslims. Accessibly written, filled with gripping first-hand testimony, and featuring superb illustrations by photographer Jolie Stahl, this book will be the best available guide to the beliefs and culture of African-American Muslims.
 

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Contents

Of Masons and Moors
15
The Diplomacy of Missionaries and Sheiks
35
Bebop to Brotherhood and Beyond
57
Conversion Sagas
85
From the Cotton Fields of the South to the Sands of Arabia
87
West Valley
129
The Place That Didnt Belong in Brownsville
153
Island in a Sea of Ignorance
177
Patriarchy Revisited
227
An Islamic Pedagogy of the Oppressed?
249
African Diaspora and Muslim Umma
273
Glossary of ArabIslamic Terminology
283
Notes
289
Bibliography
305
Index
323
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The Many Dimensions of a Muslim Woman
201

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About the author (2002)


Robert Dannin was formerly Adjunct Professor of Metropolitan Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University.

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