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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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Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960–1975

Edward E. Curtis

University of North Carolina Press

In 1930, Farad Muhammad, a mysterious peddler, told African Americans in Detroit that their true religion was Islam and that their original language was Arabic, stolen from them when they were brought as slaves into the New World. With few followers, he established the Lost–Found Nation of Islam in North America. When Farad disappeared in 1934, Elijah Poole, who later became known as Elijah Muhammad, emerged as the leader of this Islamic movement. This book analyzes the beliefs, practices, doctrines, and religious narratives of the Nation of Islam (NOI). It provides a profile of the rich religious landscape of African American Muslim members of NOI and illuminates the movement's impact on the relationship between religion and politics in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   Farad Muhammad, Arabic, Nation of Islam, NOI, Elijah Poole, Elijah Muhammad, African American Muslim, religion, politics

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