By Edward E. Curtis IV
Elijah Muhammad's country of Islam got here to America's recognition within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies as a thorough separatist African American social and political team. however the stream used to be additionally a non secular one. Edward E. Curtis IV bargains the 1st entire exam of the rituals, ethics, theologies, and spiritual narratives of the kingdom of Islam, displaying how the circulate mixed components of Afro-Eurasian Islamic traditions with African American traditions to create a brand new kind of Islamic faith.
Considering every thing from bean pies to spiritual cartoons, garments types to prayer rituals, Curtis explains how the perform of Islam within the stream incorporated the disciplining and purifying of the black physique, the reorientation of African American historic awareness towards the Muslim global, an engagement with either mainstream Islamic texts and the prophecies of Elijah Muhammad, and the advance of a holistic method of political, non secular, and social liberation. Curtis's research pushes past essentialist rules approximately what it capacity to be Muslim and gives a view of the significance of neighborhood procedures in id formation and the appropriation of Islamic traditions.
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