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>>INFO: new book--'islam and the search for african-american nationhood'


The presence of Islam in America is as long-standing as the arrival of the first captive Muslims from Africa, making Islam one of America's formative religions. But the long-suppressed indigenous Islam didn't resurface in organized form until the 1930s, when it infused the politico-spiritual drive by the Noble Drew 'Ali and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to address the appalling social conditions of the ghettoized black masses of the North.

>>INFO: new book--"islam and the search for african-american nationhood"
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NOW AVAILABLE!
ISLAM AND THE SEARCH FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN NATIONHOOD:
Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam

by Dr. Dennis Walker


"Dr. Walker has drawn a portrait of this movement that deserves the
attention of scholars. I strongly recommend it to teachers and
students studying or writing about Islam and the African American
experience."
Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang
Howard University


The presence of Islam in America is as long-standing as the arrival of
the first captive Muslims from Africa, making Islam one of America's
formative religions. But the long-suppressed indigenous Islam didn't
resurface in organized form until the 1930s, when it infused the
politico-spiritual drive by the Noble Drew 'Ali and the Honorable
Elijah Muhammad to address the appalling social conditions of the
ghettoized black masses of the North.

Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam would prove to be the most
extensive, influential and durable of African-American self-generated
organizations. Combining black cooperative entrepreneurship with
indigenous Islam-tinged culture and spirituality, the NOI pursued a
collectivist nationalist agenda which sought to advance the black
masses' cause--within America or without it. At its collectivist
height, the NOI achieved a $95 million empire of interlocking black
Muslim small businesses and farms--providing a model for "bootstrap
self-development" by the marginalized and dispossesed, worldwide.

Bourgeois elements developed within, or engaged by, the NOI sought to
weld a united African-American nation out of a range of classes.
Outstanding second generation leaders--Warith Muhammad, Louis
Farrakhan and Malcolm X--would further imbed Islam in Black America,
and extend its relations into the international community. Their media
offered an informed and critical outlook on both domestic and
international affairs that often paralleled progressive analysts.

But it remains ambiguous whether the developing African-American
nation will pursue its still-unfulfilled promise through secession,
autonomy or long-term integration.

What seems clear, after two monumental NOI-initiated marches in 1995
and 2005 that each time drew hundreds of thousands, if not a million
or more, to the nation's capital, is that the NOI and African-American
Muslims will have substantial input into the design of that future
direction.

ABOUT DENNIS WALKER
Dr. Dennis Walker is a Celtic Australian specialist on Muslim
minorities and author of two books on Islam and the national question.
He reads five Muslim languages, and is author of numerous scholarly
papers, articles and reviews in a number of languages, reflecting his
wide travels and areas of interest. He has taught at Melbourne
University, Deakin University and Australian National University.

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