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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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Of Masons and Moors

Of Masons and Moors

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Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

Although such an endeavor may make room for numerous errors, the author finds the need to create a historical account about what he refers to as the unchurched culture of African Americans during the period between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in order to grasp the intellectual, social, and political elements involved in the upsurge of modern Islamic conversion. This chapter attempts to illustrate the evolution of Islamic conversion through analyzing the following: certain religious and folk practices; religious themes such as Sufism, gnosis, and hermeticism, and the relationships established between the white, black, and red Americans. An awareness of international diplomacy is also relevant to this study since this played a significant role in how race relations in America were often undermined. This account aims to contravene a taboo through presenting evidence that asserts how the Black Church did not play that big a role in the formation of the spiritual life of African Americans.

Keywords:   culture, African-Americans, Islamic conversion, international diplomacy, Black Church

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