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Black Pilgrimage to Islam$
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Robert Dannin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300246.001.0001

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An Islamic Pedagogy of the Oppressed?

An Islamic Pedagogy of the Oppressed?

(p.237) 10 An Islamic Pedagogy of the Oppressed?
Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

African-American Muslims strongly believe that embracing Islamic worship and principles can help oppressed people from the lower classes triumph over instances of economic and social injustice. The Quran is believed to serve not only as a source of divine inspiration but also as a practical guide for taking on issues of deficiencies in inferior jobs, substandard housing facilities, and unequal education that usually bring about suppression and violence. As a liberation theology, Islam supposedly examines ethical conduct in the context of specific ideals that aim to surpass the status quo. Because Islam is a “simple religion”, it is believed that although one may attempt to integrate Islam into his or her life, he or she may not surpass material poverty and is at risk of human error.

Keywords:   African-American Muslims, Quran, Islam, liberation theology, status quo, social injustice

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