ISBN-10:
0791453707
ISBN-13:
2900791453703
Pub. Date:
04/23/2002
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought / Edition 1

Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought / Edition 1

by Edward E. Curtis IV

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Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought / Edition 1

Many of the most prominent figures in African-American Islam have been dismissed as Muslim heretics and cultists. Focusing on the works of five of these notable figures-Edward W. Blyden, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Wallace D. Muhammad-author Edward E. Curtis IV examines the origin and development of modern African-American Islamic thought. Curtis notes that intellectual tensions in African-American Islam parallel those of Islam throughout its history-most notably, whether Islam is a religion for a particular group of people or whether it is a religion for all people. In the African-American context, such tensions reflect the struggle for black liberation and the continuing reconstruction of black identity. Ultimately, Curtis argues, the interplay of particular and universal interpretations of the faith can allow African-American Islam a vision that embraces both a specific group of people and all people.

Author Biography: Edward E. Curtis IV is Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900791453703
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/23/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Edward E. Curtis IV is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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1. Introduction

2. Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912) and the Paradox of Islam

3. Noble Drew Ali (1886–1929) and the Establishment of Black Particularistic Islam

4. Elijah Muhammad (1897–1975) and the Absolutism of Black Particularistic Islam

5. Islamic Universalism, Black Particularism, and the Dual Identity of Malcolm X (1925–1965)

6. Wallace D. Muhammad (b. 1933), Sunni Islamic Reform, and the Continuing Problem of Particularism

7. Toward an Islam for One People and Many

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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