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

By Dawn-Marie Gibson

The unencumber of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's broad archive of surveillance records, interviews, and firsthand bills has made it attainable to bare the reality at the back of the myths and misperceptions concerning the country of Islam. This complete source catalogues the days, locations, and folks that formed the philosophies from its early life via to its current incarnation.

The definitive resource at the topic, A heritage of The country of Islam: Race, Islam, and the hunt for Freedom attracts on over a dozen interviews, in addition to archival and rarely-used resources. The booklet 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 stream submit Louis Farrakhan's retirement.

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4 Third, he argued that Fard had handpicked him as a “Supreme Minister”: The Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad, used a system of permitting the student ministers to select their own minister from among themselves. They would always elect the most articulate, smooth-talking one. However, one day the Saviour decided to select his own. “I’ve let you select yours for awhile,” he told the student ministers, “Now I’ll select mine. ” Master Fard Muhammad called out to the humble little man seated in the rear of the classroom.

28 MOVEMENT MEMBERSHIP The majority of NOI members were pulled from the African American proletariat. Hatim notes that NOI members were “characterised by low 36 A History of the Nation of Islam status, lack of necessary education . . ” 29 NOI minister Akbar Muhammad agrees with this assessment: “I was a helper of Honorable Elijah Muhammad and I felt that most of the people were really converted . . most of us were converts from American minds, ghetto life . . we didn’t have a lot of middle class converts in NOI .

Fard exhibited an intimate and shrewd understanding of the temper of the African American migrant community despite the fact that he was neither indigenous to the United States nor of African ancestry. The peddler made his first appearance in the Paradise Valley vicinity of Detroit in 1930 and soon worked his way into the homes of the local community. It is not clear how long a period lapsed between Fard’s first introduction to residents and the 16 A History of the Nation of Islam formation of the NOI.

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