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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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“From the Cotton Fields of the South to the Sands of Arabia”

“From the Cotton Fields of the South to the Sands of Arabia”

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Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

Walter, an African American whose family stayed in East Texas, was always seen as a paradigm of ingenuity and industry. The tales tell of Walter’s journey in becoming a Muslim, practicing and teaching the faith, and even changing his name and adopting the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. According to the knowledge that circulated among his family, Wali Akram — Walter’s newly found persona — memorized and took to heart a large part of the scriptures to comply with the tradition of Muslim hafis. In doing so, he was able to provide an account about testaments from both the Bible and the Holy Quran. This chapter contains a narrative about Wali Akram’s quest in fulfilling his mission as an African American Muslim.

Keywords:   African American, Muslim, Walter, Wali Akram, scripture, Bible, Holy Quran, Ahmadiyya Movement

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