Thursday, July 10, 2014

Announcing My New Book!

Women of the Nation
Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam
Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim
288 pages | $26.00 Paper
"A fascinating and well researched book that expands our knowledge about Islam in the United States. Its analysis of the interactions between the Nation of Islam and mainstream Islam is a model for the scholarship on African American Islam. Anyone who wishes to understand the complex religious identities of contemporary African-American Muslim women should read this book."
—Richard Brent Turner, author of Islam in the African-American Experience, Second Edition

READ: Our legacy, too: Muslim women and the civil rights movement
E-book also available.

With vocal public figures such as Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam often appears to be a male-centric religious movement, and over 60 years of scholarship have perpetuated that notion. Yet, women have been pivotal in the NOI's development, playing a major role in creating the public image that made it appealing and captivating.

Women of the Nation draws on oral histories and interviews with approximately 100 women across several cities to provide an overview of women's historical contributions and their varied experiences of the NOI, including both its continuing community under Farrakhan and its offshoot into Sunni Islam under Imam W.D. Mohammed. The authors examine how women have interpreted and navigated the NOI's gender ideologies and practices, illuminating the experiences of African-American, Latina, and Native American women within the NOI and their changing roles within this patriarchal movement. The book argues that the Nation of Islam experience for women has been characterized by an expression of Islam sensitive to American cultural messages about race and gender, but also by gender and race ideals in the Islamic tradition. It offers the first exhaustive study of women’s experiences in both the NOI and the W.D. Mohammed community.

Dawn-Marie Gibson is a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century U.S. History in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Jamillah Karim is a national and international lecturer in Islam in America, Islam in black America, and women and Islam. Her former academic appointment was as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College in 2011.

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