1st Edition

African Muslims in Antebellum America Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles

By Allan D. Austin Copyright 1997
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    A condensation and updating of his African Muslims in Antebellum America: A Sourcebook (1984), noted scholar of antebellum black writing and history Dr. Allan D. Austin explores, via portraits, documents, maps, and texts, the lives of 50 sub-Saharan non-peasant Muslim Africans caught in the slave trade between 1730 and 1860. Also includes five maps.

    Chapter 1 “;There Are Good Men in America, but All Are Very Ignorant of Africa”—and Its Muslims; Chapter 2 Glimpses of Seventy-Five African Muslims in Antebellum North America; Chapter 3 Job Ben Solomon; Chapter 4 Abd ar-Rahman and His Two Amazing American Journeys; Chapter 5 Bilali Mohammed and Salih Bilali; Chapter 6 Lamine Kebe, Educator; Chapter 7 Umar ibn Said’s Legend(s), Life, and Letters; Chapter 8 The Transatlantic Trials of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua; Chapter 9 Mohammed Ali ben Said, or Nicholas Said;


    Allan D. Austin is Professor of English and Afro-American Studies at Springfield College.

    "Austin uses historical documents, including photos, to tell adventurous, distressing and sometimes funny stories of enslaved African Muslims between 11730 and 1860. All left some record of their presence in America." -- Navid Iqbal, The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey
    "...highly recommended..." -- The Journal of American History
    "...attractively produced..." -- Journal of Southern History
    "Austin offers meticulously researched profiles of Muslim Africans who lived during the antebellum era
    ." -- Amsterdam News