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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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“Island in a Sea of Ignorance” “Islam allows you to look beyond the wall.”—Umar Abdul Jalil

“Island in a Sea of Ignorance” “Islam allows you to look beyond the wall.”—Umar Abdul Jalil

(p.165) 7 “Island in a Sea of Ignorance” “Islam allows you to look beyond the wall.”—Umar Abdul Jalil
Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

The Autobiography of Malcolm X is about how a criminal referred to as “Satan” came out of prison and became an orator and a significant figure in international politics. However, in the case of black Americans, this narrative was not able to bring about questions regarding the Islamic religious conversions seen throughout prisons in the United States. Although Malcolm X contributed in no small part to popular traditions and practices and was canonized, there are no apparent aggravations concerning the commitment to Islamic worship and to the symbolisms attributed to such beliefs. This chapter addresses certain questions that concern those who attempt to change their lives in a good way that is based on Islamic principles.

Keywords:   The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Satan, Malcolm X, international politics, black Americans, symbolisms, Islamic principles

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