Robert Dannin's Black Pilgrimage to Islam PDF

By Robert Dannin

ISBN-10: 0195147340

ISBN-13: 9780195147346

This e-book deals a complete ethnographic research of African-American Muslims. Drawing on 1000's of interviews performed over a interval of a number of years, Dannin offers an remarkable glance contained in the attention-grabbing and little understood international of black Muslims. He discovers that the well known and cult-like state of Islam represents just a small a part of the image. Many extra African-Americans are attracted to Islamic orthodoxy, with its strict adherence to the Qur'an. Dannin takes us to the 1st Cleveland Mosque, the oldest carrying on with Muslim establishment in the United States, directly to a permament Muslim village in Buffalo, after which within New York's maximum-security prisons to listen to testimony of the robust appeal of Islam for people in determined occasions. He appears to be like on the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X, and the continuing conflict among the country of Islam and orthodox Muslims. Accessibly written, packed with gripping first-hand testimony, and that includes very good illustrations by way of photographer Jolie Stahl, this e-book would be the top to be had consultant to the ideals and tradition of African-American Muslims.

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22 He saw Islam as a truly multicultural religion where racial distinctions were less important than among other revealed religions. The Quran and Arabic pedagogy had promoted literacy, travel, and elements of classical philosophy and science while its laws protected African Muslims from the ravages of alcohol and embarrassing instances of self-deprecating behavior in the presence of either Arab or European colonizers. Blyden noted that Muslims did not enslave each other and that a slave became free once he converted to Islam.

Blyden noted that Muslims did not enslave each other and that a slave became free once he converted to Islam. Blyden’s intellect exerted a strong influence on the burgeoning racial consciousness of Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. Du Bois. When Blyden died in Sierra Leone, both Christians and Muslims conducted separate funeral rites for him. Although his life and work have become important symbols of Pan-Africanism, lingering questions about his personal attitudes and relationship to Islam still persist.

5 Hoping to reap a conversion bonanza among black Americans, the first Ahmadiyya missionary, Mufti Muhammad Saddiq, addressed meetings of Marcus Garvey’s unia to convey a message of sympathy for the plight of downtrodden Americans. 6 A  edition of the mission’s newsletter shows several extraordinary photos of early American converts, with women wearing homespun veils and men beaming proudly above captions citing their newly acquired Muslim names. The Ahmadiyya Movement remains active today, claiming several thousand African Americans among their followers.

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