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.
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).
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
The Years 1619–1919
African American Religion and Folk Culture before 1920
The Years 1920–1945
A Universal Transformation
Allah across America
Noble Drew Ali
The Moorish Science Temple of America
The Nation of Islam
Smaller Sects and Independent Mystics
The Years 1945–1975
A Nation Reborn
Non-NOI Muslims in the Postwar Period
A Nation Divided, a Nation Changed
A Cultural Revolution
Islamic Organizations in the Post-Malcolm World
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