Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Religious Identities of African American Muslim Women

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Religious Identities of African American Muslim Women

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RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIM WOMEN Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim 2014. Pp. New York University Press, New York

The overcharged personalities, like Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Louis Farrakhan, often gave the impression that the Nation of Islam was a male-centric movement. Dawn-Marie Gibson (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Jamillah Karim (formerly a professor at Spelman College) argue that and more than 60 years of scholarship have perpetuated that notion. Instead, they find that women have been pivotal in the NOI's development, playing a major role in creating the public image that made it appealing and captivating.

This book - an exhaustive study of women's experiences in both the NOI and the W. …

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