Elijah Muhammad and Islam

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NYU Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Religion - 211 pages

Elijah Muhammad is arguably the most significant figure in the history of Islam in the United States. Successor to W. D. Fard, the founder of the Nation of Islam, and a mentor to Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad led the Nation of Islam for over forty years.
In Elijah Muhammad and Islam, Herbert Berg focuses on Elijah Muhammad's religiosity, which is frequently brought into question as the authenticity of the Nation of Islam as "truly Islamic" remains hotly debated. To better comprehend this powerful and controversial figure, Berg contextualizes Elijah Muhammad and his religious approach within the larger Islamic tradition, exploring his use of the Qur’an, his interpretation of Islam, and his relationships with other Muslims. Above all, Berg seeks to understand—not define or label—Muhammad as a Muslim. To do otherwise, he argues, is to misunderstand and distort the man, his teachings, his movement, and his legacy.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 American Islam before Elijah Muhammad
9
2 The Life of Elijah Muhammad
31
3 Elijah Muhammad and the Quran
53
4 The Major Islamic Themes in Elijah Muhammads Quranic Commentary
75
5 Elijah Muhammad Other Muslims and Islam
105
6 The Legacy of Elijah Muhammad
127
Notes
147
Bibliography
177
Index
187
About the Author
191
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About the author (2009)

Herbert Berg is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He is the editor of Methods and Theories in the Study of Islamic Origins and author of The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam.

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