A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 2

The African American Islamic Renaissance, 1920-1975

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In A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 2: The African American Islamic Renaissance, 1920-1975 Patrick D. Bowen offers an in-depth account of African American Islam as it developed in the United States during the fifty-five years that followed World War I. Having been shaped by a wide variety of intellectual and social influences, the ‘African American Islamic Renaissance’ appears here as a movement that was characterized by both great complexity and diversity.

Drawing from a wide variety of sources—including dozens of FBI files, rare books and periodicals, little-known archives and interviews, and even folktale collections—Patrick D. Bowen disentangles the myriad social and religious factors that produced this unprecedented period of religious transformation.
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Biographical Note

Patrick D. Bowen, Ph.D. (2013), University of Denver-Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program, is the author of over two dozen articles as well as the monograph A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975 (Brill, 2015).

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"…a genuine tour de force achieved by untangling old knots and weaving the loose strands into a rich narrative tapestry to yield an authoritative, encyclopedic tableau of matchless depth and scope.”
Robert Dannin in Marginalia. Los Angeles Review of Books , May 25, 2018.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

The Years 1619–1919



1 African American Religion and Folk Culture before 1920

The Years 1920–1945



2 A Universal Transformation

3 Allah across America

4 Noble Drew Ali

5 The Moorish Science Temple of America

6 W.D. Fard

7 The Nation of Islam

8 Smaller Sects and Independent Mystics

9 Early Sunnis

The Years 1945–1975



10 A Nation Reborn

11 Non-NOI Muslims in the Postwar Period

12 New Transformations

13 A Nation Divided, a Nation Changed

14 A Cultural Revolution

15 Islamic Organizations in the Post-Malcolm World

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

Readership

Academic libraries, specialists, practitioners, and educated laymen interested in conversion to Islam, Islam in America, religion in America, history of religion, Islamic studies, and African American religion.

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