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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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West Valley

West Valley

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Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

This chapter portrays the setting of a Muslim community located in West Valley and how a narrative caused David Duffy — who was born to a devout Baptist family — to shift religions and be converted to Islam. This narrative was mainly about Muhammad Ezaldeen and how he gave much emphasis to the Islamic concept of hijra and how this serves as the key to debunking political and religious autonomy through rekindling the awareness of the new Muslims regarding their African or Hamitic identities. These people were able to form their own self-sufficient community that reflected Ghandi’s principles. The chapter also provides an account regarding the period after Ghandi’s death in 1995 that brought about significant events in Jabul Arabiyya which led Ezaldeen to interrogate God and, in turn, resort to the Quran and the Sunna for answers.

Keywords:   Muslim community, West Valley, David Duffy, Muhammed Ezaldeen, Ghandi, God, Quran, Sunna

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