Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas

Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas

by Michael A. Gomez
     
 

Beginning with Latin America in the fifteenth century, this book is a social history of the experiences of African Muslims and their descendants throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean. The record under slavery is examined, as is the post-slavery period into the twentieth century. The experiences vary, arguably due to some extent to the Old World context.… See more details below

Overview

Beginning with Latin America in the fifteenth century, this book is a social history of the experiences of African Muslims and their descendants throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean. The record under slavery is examined, as is the post-slavery period into the twentieth century. The experiences vary, arguably due to some extent to the Old World context. Muslim revolts in Brazil are also discussed, especially in 1835, by way of a nuanced analysis. The second part of the book looks at the emergence of Islam among the African-descended in the United States in the twentieth century, with successive chapters on Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, and Malcolm X, with a view to explaining how orthodoxy arose from varied unorthodox roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521600798
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1Ladinos, Gelofes, and Mandingas3
2Caribbean crescent47
3Brazilian Sambas91
4Muslims in New York128
5Founding mothers and fathers of a different sort : African Muslims in the early North American South143
Interlude : into a glass darkly - elisive communities185
6Breaking away : Noble Drew Ali and the foundations of contemporary Islam in African America203
7The nation276
8Malcolm331

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