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A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom [Hardcover]

Dawn-Marie Gibson

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April 23 2012 0313398070 978-0313398070

The release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's extensive archive of surveillance files, interviews, and firsthand accounts has made it possible to reveal the truth behind the myths and misperceptions about the Nation of Islam. This comprehensive resource catalogues the times, places, and people that shaped the philosophies from its formative years through to its present incarnation.

The definitive source on the subject, A History of The Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom</i> draws on over a dozen interviews, along with archival and rarely-used sources. The book departs from the usual "Malcolm X-centric" treatment of the subject, and instead examines the early leadership of Fard Muhammad, challenges conventional views on Malcolm X, and explores the present day internal politics of the movement post Louis Farrakhan's retirement.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313398070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313398070
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g

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• Breaks new ground in its consideration of under-researched aspects of the Nation of Islam

• Illuminates the trajectory of the group after the 1995 Million Man March

• Draws on over a dozen interviews with senior officials in the Nation's hierarchy, along with archival and rarely-used sources

• Challenges conventional beliefs regarding Malcolm X's exit from the group and the argument that the Nation is diminishing in "post-racial" America

• A chronology of major events in the history of the movement from its inception to present day

• Sources include first-hand accounts, interviews, and archives from the FBI

• Biographical sketches of the founding fathers and the organization's most influential leaders

• An in-depth analysis of the roots of the Nation of Islam and its international dimensions

"Its large and impressive bibliography will make it a useful and authoritative source for scholars from other areas or disciplines who need definitive information on the Nation of Islam. . . . For academic libraries that serve a wide range of scholars."


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"Dawn-Marie Gibson offers an insightful and discriminating analysis of the Nation of Islam. From her new interpretations of Wali Fard Muhammad, the departure of Malcolm X, and the succession struggle after the death of Elijah Muhammad, to her detailed accounts of the inner workings, evolution, and struggles under Louis Farrakhan, Dawn-Marie Gibson removes the Nation of Islam and its leaders from pigeon-holes into which they are too often placed. A History of the Nation of Islam</i> is an exemplary examination of the enduring legacy of the most influential African-American Muslims."


Herbert Berg, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Author of Elijah Muhammad and Islam</i>


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