Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

by Sylviane A. Diouf, Sylviane Kamara
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719058

ISBN-13: 9780814719053

Pub. Date: 11/01/1998

Publisher: New York University Press

Despite the explosion in work on African American and religious history, little is known about Black Muslims who came to America as slaves. Most assume that what Muslim faith any Africans did bring with them was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. But, surprisingly, as Sylviane Diouf shows in this new, meticulously researched volume, Islam flourished

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Despite the explosion in work on African American and religious history, little is known about Black Muslims who came to America as slaves. Most assume that what Muslim faith any Africans did bring with them was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. But, surprisingly, as Sylviane Diouf shows in this new, meticulously researched volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale.

Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslim slaves, following them from Africa to the Americas. It details how, even while enslaved many Black Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban, and well traveled, Black Muslims drew on their organization and the strength of their beliefs to play a major part in the most well known slave uprisings. Though Islam did not survive in the Americas in its orthodox form, its mark can be found in certain religions, traditions, and artistic creations of people of African descent.

But for all their accomplishments and contributions to the cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslim slaves have been largely ignored. Servants of Allah is the first book to examine the role of Islam in the lives of both individual practitioners and in the American slave community as a whole, while also shedding light on the legacy of Islam in today's American and Caribbean cultures.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1999.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719053
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction to the 15th Anniversary Edition 1
1 African Muslims, Christian Europeans, and the
Transatlantic Slave Trade 20
2 Upholding the Five Pillars of Islam in a Hostile World 71
3 Th e Muslim Community 99
4 Literacy: A Distinction and a Danger 159
5 Resistance, Revolts, and Returns to Africa 210
6 Th e Muslim Legacy 251
Notes 285
Select Bibliography 315
Index 327
About the Author 341
Illustrations appear as a group following page 142

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