A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest by Dawn-Marie Gibson

By Dawn-Marie Gibson

The unlock of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's huge archive of surveillance documents, interviews, and firsthand money owed has made it attainable to bare the reality in the back of the myths and misperceptions in regards to the state of Islam. This entire source catalogues the days, areas, and folks that formed the philosophies from its early life via to its current incarnation.

The definitive resource at the topic, A background of The country of Islam: Race, Islam, and the search for Freedom attracts on over a dozen interviews, in addition to archival and rarely-used assets. The e-book departs from the standard "Malcolm X-centric" therapy of the topic, and as an alternative examines the early management of Fard Muhammad, demanding situations traditional perspectives on Malcolm X, and explores the current day inner politics of the flow publish Louis Farrakhan's retirement.

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Such neglect on the part of scholars appears to stem from a widely held, but nonetheless mistaken, belief that women were silent partners in the group and a more alarming obsession with the male personalities of the movement. The NOI’s literature and interviews with former members reveal that women found within the NOI a host of opportunities to pursue leadership, business, and education. African American women contributed to various aspects of the Nation’s daily operations. In particular, women made significant contributions to the management of the NOI schools, the Muslim Girls 38 A History of the Nation of Islam Training (MGT), and business enterprises.

I attended one of these meetings sometime in the year 1931 and Allah was present and taught his religion called Islam. Shortly after this, Allah came to my home in Detroit and taught me about his religion and Islam. 36 Fard departed from Detroit in May 1933 without warning his followers or appointing a successor. Since his mysterious disappearance numerous theories relating to his origins, his identity, and the extent of his affiliations with the UNIA and MSTA have circulated. The declassification of Fard’s extensive FBI file via the extension of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has served to authenticate and discredit aspects of such theories.

The files provided researchers with an abundance of new material to explore the origins of the NOI, its maturity, and the nature of its internal politics. The declassification of the FBI’s extensive file via the extension of the FOIA provided fresh insight into the actual identity and arcane character of the NOI’s founder. The FBI carried out extensive research on the origins of the NOI’s founder with the aim of exposing him as a racketeer and discrediting his quasi-Islamic group: If any further record of, or information concerning Dodd or Ford is located, it should be thoroughly and imaginatively pursued to its logical conclusion from all available records and/or possible witnesses.

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