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

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In the Name of Elijah Muhammad tells the story of the Nation of Islam—its 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 ...
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Overview


In the Name of Elijah Muhammad tells the story of the Nation of Islam—its 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 States—and 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 Muhammad’s long leadership draws on previously unreleased FBI files that reveal a clear picture of the bureau’s 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 Muhammad’s 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 media’s view of the Nation and Farrakhan with the Nation’s 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 Islam’s 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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“A unique and unprecedented view of the enigma of Louis Farrakhan. In putting it together, Gardell has masterfully interwoven the information from an impressive collection of documents not treated by other scholars. His access to Farrakhan and the information make this a very special study.”—Yvonne Haddad, author of Muslims in America

“An outstanding work, In the Name of Elijah Muhammad provides an in-depth analysis of the most recent changes in leadership and structure of the Nation of Islam. Gardell’s theological/ideological discussion is brilliant and insightful, while the chapter on the FBI’s counterintelligence program on the Nation of Islam is a stroke of genius. Gardell’s research is comprehensive, well documented, and powerful.”—Clifton E. Marsh, author of From Black Muslims to Muslims

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Mattias Gardell is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Restoration of Dignity: The Rise of Black Nationalism 11
2 The Crescent of the Occident: Islam in Black America prior to 1930 31
3 The Genesis of the Nation of Islam 47
4 Forces of Evil 69
5 The Fall of the Nation 99
6 The Resurrection of the Nation of Islam 119
7 A Nation of Gods: The Creed of Black Islam 144
8 The Sun of Islam Will Rise in the West 187
9 Strained Seeds of Abraham: Is the NOI an Anti-Christian, Anti-Semitic Nazi Cult? 232
10 A Divine Nation in a Decaying World 285
Notes 351
Bibliography 433
Index 471
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    One of the classics

    Always

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    A complete farce. I do do not recommend!!

    Not a truthful account. It is biased. I wish I could get my money back. Read the "Circle of Six" to get the truth about the 1972, Mosque #7 incident with the NYPD. Farrakhan knows him because the author wrote his Dissertation in Sweden about Farrakhan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Decent Book

    The book is well written and discusses important events that occured in our country. The NOI is a very positive organization and ISLAM is all about peace. The BIBLE was not even around when JESUS was around. think about it

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