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Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960–1975$
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Edward E. Curtis IV

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830543

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877449_curtis

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What Islam Has Done For Me Finding Religion in the Nation of Islam

What Islam Has Done For Me Finding Religion in the Nation of Islam

(p.15) Chapter 1 What Islam Has Done For Me Finding Religion in the Nation of Islam
Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960–1975

Edward E. Curtis

University of North Carolina Press

Followers of the Nation of Islam (NOI) contributed letters to the Muhammad Speaks newspaper to praise the Islamic religion and describe how Islam affected their lives. In their testimonies of “What Islam Has Done For Me,” believers offered personal narratives about what life was like before their conversion to Islam, how Islam shaped nearly every aspect of their lives, and why they valued their commitment to Islam. This chapter offers a reading of some first-person narratives published in Muhammad Speaks. Focusing on the narratives in which believers stressed Islam as a total way of life, it sheds light on the many strands of meaning that members of NOI attached to the word “Islam.”

Keywords:   Nation of Islam, NOI, Muhammad Speaks, Islam, conversion, narratives

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