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The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam

Ula Yvette Taylor


The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization’s men, who were fiercely committed to these masculine roles. Black women’s experience in the NOI, however, has largely remained on the periphery of scholarship. This book documents their struggle to escape the devaluation of black womanhood while also clinging to the empowering promises of patriarchy. The author shows how, despite being relegated to a lifestyle that did not encourage working outside of the home, NOI women found freedom in being a ... More

Keywords: Patriarchy, Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, Clara Poole, Black Womanhood, Jim Crow, Allah Temple of Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633930
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ula Yvette Taylor, author
University of California, Berkeley