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Black Muslims and the World: The Ideological Eclecticism of Black American Sunni Islam

Rasul Miller
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Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Wednesdays at the Center

By Dr. Rasul Miller, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Irvine. Dr. Youssef Carter, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will provide an introduction and moderate discussion.

Throughout the twentieth century, Black American Sunni Muslim communities engaged various intellectual, ideological, and political currents from the Muslim world. From Pan-Africanism to Pan-Islamism to Nasserism to African Sufism, Black American Sunni Muslims appropriated these eclectic discourses to address their unique religious, spiritual, and political needs. They cultivated vibrant religious cultures marked by ideological diversity as they drew upon and reconciled intellectual discourses that were often in fierce opposition with one another in majority-Muslim societies. This talk will consider the life, work, and eclectic intellectual engagements of Shaykh Daoud Ahmed Faisal, a pioneer of the Black American Sunni tradition who, along with his wife Mother Khadijah Faisal, established one of New York City's oldest Sunni mosques.

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The Wednesdays at the Center series, the John Hope Franklin Center, and the international area study centers in DUCIGS have worked in the past to address issues of racism, inequality, and marginalization both globally and locally.

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