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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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Conclusion: African Diaspora and Muslim Umma

Conclusion: African Diaspora and Muslim Umma

(p.261) Conclusion: African Diaspora and Muslim Umma
Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

The continuing immigration of practicing Muslims into the United States and the increasing occurrences of conversion poses several challenges to the typical historical accounts of religious experience in the country. For the African Americans, looking into such concerns means addressing religious pluralism issues that were frequently associated with the spiritual monopoly of the Black Church and the legacy of slavery among specific minority groups. Fundamentally, aside from the concept of hijra and issues of religious history, Islam initiates an attempt to reconstrue history through illustrating how African Americans have been able to find themselves through umma that disregards socioeconomic status while also accounting for diversities evident across various cultures. These social and religious changes promote unpredictable effects, both positive and negative, on the Muslim umma and on the African diaspora.

Keywords:   immigration, religious conversion, African diaspora, Muslim umma, African Americans, Black Church

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