By Robert Dannin
This booklet deals a accomplished ethnographic research of African-American Muslims. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of interviews performed over a interval of numerous years, Dannin presents an unheard of glance contained in the interesting and little understood global of black Muslims. He discovers that the well known and cult-like country of Islam represents just a small a part of the image. Many extra African-Americans are interested in 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 US, directly to a permament Muslim village in Buffalo, after which inside of New York's maximum-security prisons to listen to testimony of the robust appeal of Islam for people in determined events. He seems to be on the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X, and the continued war among the kingdom of Islam and orthodox Muslims. Accessibly written, jam-packed with gripping first-hand testimony, and that includes great illustrations through photographer Jolie Stahl, this ebook may be the top to be had advisor to the ideals and tradition of African-American Muslims.
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44 The author of the “Zodiac Constitution,” C. Mosely Bey of Cleveland, Ohio, emerged in the early s as an active pamphleteer among several regional leaders of the Moorish Science Temple. D. ,” C. M. 45 Bey became the target of fbi probes during the Korean War, when three young followers—Count Don Shaw, William Spearman, and Robert Marcus—were convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to ﬁve years in a federal penitentiary. Bey tried to attend the proceedings but was barred from the courtroom because he would not remove his fez.
Bey tried to attend the proceedings but was barred from the courtroom because he would not remove his fez. According to the fbi reports at the time, members of Bey’s “Moorish Constitution Cultural-National Club” forswore allegiance to the American Constitution, for which the “Zodiac Constitution” was substituted. Among the rights inhering to members was freedom from military conscription and federal income tax laws. Bey proclaimed, “I am not interested in religion and the ‘god’ no one has ever seen.
Whereas animist slaves were divided by language and culture, Muslim slaves had a common, unifying scripture. Some of the men were haﬁs, having spent years under the tutelage of Quran teachers, mastering the Arabic language and committing to memory each sura, or chapter, of the holy book. Violently separated from Africa, a few of these men kept their own memoirs in Arabic or continued to recite the Quran, creating for themselves a reputation for scholarship that set them apart from other slaves.
Black Pilgrimage to Islam by Robert Dannin