Muslims in America: A Short History (Religion in American by Edward E. Curtis IV

By Edward E. Curtis IV

Within the final 10 years, Muslims within the usa have principally been perceived as a overseas, "fifth column" group. For right-wing speak radio hosts, they're handy cannon fodder. For the mainstream media and politicians, with a few exceptions, they're mostly a similar, an inconvenient group to skirt around.

What is essentially unknown is that Muslims have deep roots within the usa. ranging from West African slaves introduced the following in the course of the trans-Atlantic slave exchange within the 1700s, to modern day figures like Malcolm X and W.D. Mohammed, Curtis deals readers a quick, yet eye-opening advent to the historical past of Muslims in the US.

While this narrow quantity is intended to be, as its subtitle notes, a quick heritage, it's a concise, well-written one. The publication is real, well-researched and provides an inside of examine this non secular group. through weaving proof with actual tales of yankee Muslims of the previous and current, Curtis effectively keeps the reader's curiosity until eventually the tip.

He additionally discusses how different routine have inspired the yank Muslim neighborhood, starting from the Ahmadiyya to the Druze and the kingdom of Islam.

However, this publication may still essentially be used as a place to begin to benefit extra approximately American Muslims. it isn't exhaustive or complete. however it whets a reader's urge for food sufficient to wish to grasp extra.

Muslims in the United States: a quick historical past will be required interpreting for any "Islam a hundred and one" sort classification in highschool or university. it's going to be at the bookshelf of each library within the usa and at the table of each AM radio speak exhibit host.

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Webb also became attracted to theosophy, the religious movement established in the 1870s and 1880s by Madame Helena Blavatsky, a Russian spiritualist, and Henry Steel Olcott, an American army officer. Theosophists were devoted to studying the spiritual and inner wisdom of all world religions, but especially emphasized the sagacity of “Oriental” religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Like other intellectually minded theosophists, Webb devoted hours a day to studying books about the mystic East and its spiritual secrets.

39 MUSLIMS IN AMERICA In the late 1950s, the Nation of Islam became the bestknown Muslim organization in the United States. But during the 1930s and 1940s, it was only one of the many such independent black Muslim groups vying for converts to Islam. While both the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam practiced versions of Islam that would be rejected as un-Islamic by most other Muslims, other African Americans formed specifically Sunni Islamic groups. Sunni Muslims, who account for the majority of Muslims worldwide, are diverse by linguistic group, class, nation, race, and ethnicity.

At the same time, this Muslim woman engaged in hoodoo. “She talk plenty about conjure,” said Grant. “She say that when a person been made to swell up from an evil spell, they got to have somebody to pray and drag for them. ” Some Muslims in the area seemed to frown on such practices as superstitious. According to James Hamilton Couper, the owner of Salih Bilali on St. Simon Island, Salih Bilali was a strict Muslim who “abstains from spirituous liquors, and keeps the various fasts,” including the dawn-to-sunset fast conducted every day during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

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