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1st Edition

New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

ISBN 9781138181885
Published February 21, 2017 by Routledge
262 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam contributes to the ongoing dialogue about the nature and influence of the Nation of Islam (NOI), bringing fresh insights to areas that have previously been overlooked in the scholarship of Elijah Muhammad’s NOI, the Imam W.D. Mohammed community and Louis Farrakhan’s Resurrected NOI. Bringing together contributions that explore the formation, practices, and influence of the NOI, this volume problematizes the history of the movement, its theology, and relationships with other religious movements. Contributors offer a range of diverse perspectives, making connections between the ideology of the NOI and gender, dietary restrictions and foodways, the internationalization of the movement, and the civil rights movement. This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of current scholarship on the Nation of Islam, and will be relevant to scholars of American religion and history, Islamic studies, and African American Studies.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Dawn-Marie Gibson and Herbert Berg


Part I: Gender, Society, and Global Connections

2 "A Superb Sales Force...The Men of Muhammad": The Nation of Islam, Black Masculinity, and Selling Muhammad Speaks in the Black Power Era

D’Weston L. Haywood

3 Ebony Muhammad’s Hurt2Healing Magazine and Contemporary Nation Women

Dawn-Marie Gibson

4 The Crescent Moon and the Carceral State: The Nation of Islam and the Legal Battle for the Right to Assemble

Seneca Vaught

5 Eat to Live: Culinary Nationalism and Black Capitalism in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam

Mary Potorti

6 Was it a Nine days Wonder? A Note on the Proselytisation Efforts of the Nation of Islam in Ghana, c. 1980s-2010

De-Valera N.Y.M. Botchway and Mustapha Abdul-Hamid

7 The Nation of Islam and Japanese Imperial Ambitions

Frank Jacob


Part II: Propaganda and Theology

8 Propaganda in the Early NOI

Patrick D. Bowen

9 "The Secret… of Who the Devil Is": Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam, and Theological Phenomenology

Stephen C. Finley

10 Elijah Muhammad’s Christologies: The "Historical" Jesus and the Contemporary Christ

Herbert Berg

11 Black Muslims, White Jesus: Removing Racial Images of God with CRAID and W. D. Muhammad

Jamie L. Brummitt

12 Clearing the Planet: Dianetics Auditing and the Eschatology of the Nation of Islam

Jacob King

13 The Evolving Theology of the Nation of Islam

Nathan Saunders

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Dawn-Marie Gibson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Herbert Berg is Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Director of International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.