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Black Muslims in the US: History, Politics, and the Struggle by Samory Rashid (auth.)

By Samory Rashid (auth.)

Black Muslims within the U.S. seeks to deal with deficiencies in present scholarship approximately black Muslims in American society, from studying the origins of Islam between African-Americans to acknowledging the influential function that black Muslims play in modern U.S. society.

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Major differences exist between immigrant and indigenous Muslims in the United States. According to Paul M. ”46 These remarks illustrate the belief by some that it is more important to discuss the many benefits that blacks have acquired from Islam than to acknowledge the significant contribution that blacks have made to Islam. Remarks like these are rarely made by Muslim observers and almost never appear as generalizations directed at entire racial/ethnic groups. For instance, it is rare to read remarks lauding the value of Asian, white, or Latino American Islam in transforming Muslims from these groups.

37 Black Marginalization in the Literature Black marginalization in this study refers to the systematic exclusion or omission of black Muslims from key parts of the literature on Islam in America, in marked contrast to their generous and, in some ways, prominent treatment in the history literature. This practice appears to derive from what appears to be the arbitrary and deliberate choice to limit the focus of inquiry to roughly 1900, which effectively ignores the history of Muslims in the United States prior to this time as well as those Muslims who have been a key part of it because they are not Middle Eastern immigrants and therefore not the subject of the predominant paradigm’s focus of attention.

And we read claims about Islam among African slaves in this country. 81 In a candid interview with Alex Haley in 1962, Malcolm X told Haley, “Sir, I’m going to tell you a secret: the black man is a whole lot smarter than white people think he is. The black man has survived in the country by fooling the white man. ” Long before becoming a Muslim, Malcolm, skillfully played the consummate trickster. Before the draft board in a “wild zoot suit, his blazing red conk matching his yellow knob-toed shoes.

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