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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199782385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199782383
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''...offers many helpful insights while giving a voice to often-ignored Blackamerican Muslims....will contribute to the lively and growing debate over the place of Islam in America and the role of Blackamerican Muslims in the contemporary American religious scene." --The Virginia Quarterly Review

''...sets forth a vision of Islam that is at once holistic and pragmatic: a source of inner strength, a builder of human character, and a bridge to salvation. This book is required reading for anyone who has ever pondered how the long span of Muslim history connects to the Blackamerican stake in an ongoing and enabling Islamic identity." --Bruce Lawrence, author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life

"A must read for anyone interested in an important and challenging interpretation of Islam and African Americans." --James H. Cone, author of Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare

''...presents a dazzling challenge to the white elitism of American society and the immigrant elitism of Western Islam. Terrific!" --Jane I. Smith, author of Islam in America

''...makes a highly significant contribution to the literature on Islam in American and the study of religion, history, and Black Americans. It gives us a rare and nuanced analysis of the spread of Islam amongst indigenous Americans and explores the ideological complexity and tensions of recent transformations of American Muslim society. This book should become a standard for classroom use in the courses on Islam in America and is broadly of interest in fields of religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and American history." --Contemporary Islam

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Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Michigan

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That's how Sherman A. Jackson's Islam and the Blackamerican is for me.
S. Siraaj
The most important thing about his prescriptions is that they can be embraced by all Muslims regardless of their background.
Ahmed K. Sultan Salem
A must read for anyone who has religious, social or anthro-social interests.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed K. Sultan Salem on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Sherman Jackson's book is concerned with the "third resurrection" of Islam among Blackamericans. The first resurrection refers to the period before the death of Elijah Muhammad and his proto-Islamic movement, which was essentially a "holy protest" against white supremacy and anti-black racism. In the period of the second resurrection, it was charismatic leadership rather than "any objective method for scriptural interpretation that made or unmade doctrine." The third resurrection would hopefully be characterized by the "appropriation and mastery of the Islamic tradition." Dr. Jackson defines "appropriation" as the "enlisting of a set of non-indigenous ideas or doctrines for one's existential or ideological struggle." In other words, Blackamericans will not come to a foreign Islam that looks to the world through the prism of others' historical experiences ignoring their own experiences and predicaments, nor to a domesticated Islam that appeals to the dominant groups rather than combating supremacy and striving for a just peace.

In order to clear any misunderstanding, Dr. Jackson spent considerable time detailing his vision for the third resurrection. The protest spirit of Black Religion must be maintained but not to the detriment of the moral and spiritual. Put simply, what is required is a balance between protest and piety, activism and spirituality, the pursuit of secular goals and the quest for eschatological success. Black religion must rid itself of the exclusive obsession with race and the insistence on eliminating the evil of white supremacy without an attempt to contribute good to the world. Blacks, and the other Muslims, must understand that they need to recognize the US constitution and embrace America "in protest," something that Dr.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mss on June 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dr Jackson write a remarkable summary of the condition of Islam in America, specifically as it relates to the Blackamerican (a term he justifies using early in the book) and Immigrant Muslims. For academics and laypeople, the insights he draws from his research and his own experience as a Blackamerican Muslim are eye-opening, especially as he relates the challenge of indigenizing Islam in America.

He concludes the book with a chapter on Sufism, Muslim spirituality, and the Blackamerican struggle. While I disagree with some of his conclusions, he nonetheless offers Blackamerican Muslims a natural entry point into Sufism, a part of Islam that is greatly maligned in some Muslim circles.

Overall, a must read for Muslim Americans, immigrant, white and black!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Munir on October 8, 2006
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a very interesting book- extremely analytical- especially in its critique of Black Orientalism- while unlike regular Orientalism which misinterpreted the Muslim world in order to dominate it, misinterprets the Muslim world in order to protect black identity from influences which supposedly threaten the African core. He's very adept at making comparisons- and highlights some issues that are certainly the most pressing towards the Black Muslim community today; now that Black NAtionalism is no longer a common rallying point for black Muslims, and now that immigrant influence has seen to be obnoxious and domineering, it is indeed time for a "third resurrection"- for blackamerican Muslims to appropriate the mainstream Muslim tradition for themselves so that they are neither dominated by Muslim foreigners nor simply using Islam as a protest ideology without an authentic religious connection. To become more in a sense like the West African Muslims who so impressed Blyden- deeply Muslim, yet dignified having appropriated it for themselves, not having been dominated by non-black foreigners. Sherman Jackson's solutions are interesting (it is after all just a book meant to start off discussion)- his consideration of Sufism interesting- I certainly hope to see more such discussion in this direction- but of course- it will be long before the masses see the issues above as lucidly as the academics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Siraaj on February 8, 2007
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Have you ever read a book and felt like the person said exactly what's been in on your mind? That's how Sherman A. Jackson's Islam and the Blackamerican is for me. As a "Jamerican" (Jamaican and African-American), I feel this book can also apply to Black Caribbean Muslims who are unwittingly converting into "Modern Islam" and becoming Salafis.

I sincerely hope to be a part of the "Third Resurrection" Mr. Jackson so eloquently discusses in this book. If I had my way I'd require every Muslim in America to read it.
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