1st Edition

New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

Edited By Dawn-Marie Gibson, Herbert Berg Copyright 2017
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "The well-researched essays offer the experienced scholar in the field room for discussion and incentives for further studies." - Hans Gerald Hödl, Religious Studies Review