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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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The Ethics of the Black Muslim Body

The Ethics of the Black Muslim Body

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(p.95) Chapter 4 The Ethics of the Black Muslim Body
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Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960–1975
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Edward E. Curtis

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877449_curtis.8

The challenge of bodily safety is a key concern in African American culture. Members of the Nation of Islam (NOI) also have a high regard for protecting and civilizing the black body, and argue that the practice of Islam could heal the body physically and spiritually. This chapter explores NOI's ethical discourse on the body. It examines how members of NOI attempted to purify their body by changing their diet, clothes, hairstyle, and sexual behaviors.

Keywords:   bodily safety, culture, Nation of Islam, black body, Islam, diet, clothes, hairstyle, sexual behaviors

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