A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest by Dawn-Marie Gibson

By Dawn-Marie Gibson

The liberate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's huge archive of surveillance records, interviews, and firsthand money owed has made it attainable to bare the reality at the back of the myths and misperceptions in regards to the kingdom of Islam. This finished source catalogues the days, locations, and folks that formed the philosophies from its early life via to its current incarnation.

The definitive resource at the topic, A background of The state of Islam: Race, Islam, and the search for Freedom attracts on over a dozen interviews, in addition to archival and rarely-used assets. The ebook departs from the standard "Malcolm X-centric" remedy of the topic, and as an alternative examines the early management of Fard Muhammad, demanding situations traditional perspectives on Malcolm X, and explores the current day inner politics of the circulate submit Louis Farrakhan's retirement.

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However, one day the Saviour decided to select his own. “I’ve let you select yours for awhile,” he told the student ministers, “Now I’ll select mine. ” Master Fard Muhammad called out to the humble little man seated in the rear of the classroom. ” Yes, you Elijah Karriem,” The saviour commanded. ” The humble little man went to the front of the class and stood beside his Master. 5 Elijah’s unsubstantiated claims were contested both within the NOI and among his immediate family. 6 In Chicago, his brother Kalat Mohammed strongly refuted the notion that Fard had appointed Elijah to succeed him.

41 Brotz’s theory appears to have been informed solely by rumors that Fard had used the alias Ford while in Detroit. Scholarly research on the NOI in the 1990s benefited from the declassification of FBI surveillance files on the group and its leaders. The files provided researchers with an abundance of new material to explore the origins of the NOI, its maturity, and the nature of its internal politics. The declassification of the FBI’s extensive file via the extension of the FOIA provided fresh insight into the actual identity and arcane character of the NOI’s founder.

In 1943 for Building an Empire, 1934–1960 31 example, Fisk University recorded 242 racial battles in 47 cities throughout the United States. Major riots followed in New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Such riots illustrated both the determination of whites to uphold the racial status quo and the government’s failure to redress the plight of African Americans. 16 His first encounter with the Detroit Police Department came on April 17, 1934, when he was arrested for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” in the NOI’s parochial school, the University of Islam.

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