Malcolm X

From Political Eschatology to Religious Revolutionary


In the year 2015 we remembered the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in Harlem, New York. Spurred by the commitment to continue the critical work that Malcolm X began, the scholars represented in the book have analysed the enduring significance of Malcolm X’s life, work and religious philosophy. Edited by Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri, Malcolm X: From Political Eschatology to Religious Revolutionary, represents an important investigation into the religious and political philosophy of one of the most important African-American and Muslim thinkers of the 20th century. Thirteen different scholars from six different countries and various academic disciplines have contributed to our understanding of why Malcolm X is still important fifty years after his death. Contributors are: Syed Farid Alatas, Dustin J. Byrd, Bethany Beyyette, Louis A. DeCaro, Stephen C. Ferguson, William David Hart, John H. McClendon, Seyed Javad Miri, John Andrew Morrow, Emin Poljarevic, Rudolf J. Siebert, Nuri Tinaz and Yolanda Van Tilborgh.
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Biographical Note

Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D. (2016), Michigan State University, is Professor of Humanities at Olivet College, where he teaches religion, philosophy and Arabic. He has published monographs and articles on both Islam and Critical Theory, including Ayatollah Khomeini and the Anatomy of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Toward a Theory of Prophetic Charisma (University Press of America, 2011) and A Critique of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Religion: The Gospel According to John Galt (Lexington Books, 2015). Seyed Javad Miri, Ph.D. (2002), Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, is Professor of Sociology and History of Religions at that Institute in Tehran. He has published more than 45 books and 100 articles on various issues related to philosophy, religion and sociology including Islamism and Post-Islamism (University Press of America, 2014).

Table of contents

List of Contributors Introduction Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri Malcolm X as Religious Peripatetic William David Hart On the Dialectical Evolution of Malcolm X’s Anti-Capitalist Critique: Interrogating His Political Philosophy of Black Nationalism John H. McClendon III and Stephen C. Ferguson II Malcolm X and Revolutionary Religion: Christianity, Islam and their Emancipatory Potentials Dustin J. Byrd Malcolm X and the Meccan Epistle Seyed Javad Malcolm X - a Martyr of Freedom Rudolf J. Siebert “The Enemy of My Enemy”: Malcolm X and the Legacy of John Brown Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. Malcolm X, Alatas and Critical Theory Syed Farid Alatas Malcolm X: Message to Humanity John Andrew Morrow Malik al-Shabazz’s Practice of Self-Liberation Emin Poljarevic From Malcolm X to Generation Y: The African American Muslim Community after 1965 Bethany Beyyette From Hell to Heaven: The Malcolm X Narrative of Muslim Artists. The Meaning of his Life in Relation to the Doctrine of Predestination for British and American Performing Artists in the 21th Century Yolanda van Tilborgh Rationalization of Malcolm X’s Religious Understandings, Political Perspectives and Organizational Objectives Nuri Tinaz Index


All interested in the history and thought of Malcolm X, Civil Rights/Human Rights movements of the 1960’s, African-American history and Islam in America. This book is geared towards upper-level undergraduates, graduates and specialists.