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Islam and the BlackamericanLooking toward the Third Resurrection$
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Sherman A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195180817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180817.001.0001

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Islam and Black Religion

Islam and Black Religion

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Islam and the Blackamerican

Sherman A. Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the historical encounter between African Americans and Islam in the U.S. It argues that the past, present, and future of Islam among Black Americans can only be understood in the context of the relationship between Islam and Black Religion. It explains that African Americans considered Islam as a distinctly American phenomenon just like Afrocentrism, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Church. It refutes the notion of the universal black/oppressed and his or her relationship to Islam and describes Black Religion and its essential characteristics as a religious orientation.

Keywords:   Islam, Black Americans, Black Religion, religious history, African Americans

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