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Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering Hardcover – July 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195382068 ISBN-10: 0195382064

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195382064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195382068
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jackson's work has added a thought-provoking response by Islamic studies and is long overdue in the debate of Black theodicy." --Black Diaspora Review


"It goes without saying that any theological discussion is bound to be academic, yet this is an excellent book and a fascinating read." --ARNet


"Jackson's book is a work of theology, and in this dimension it is a skillfully argued plea for Islam as a religion capable of meeting the challenge of black suffering as well as a clear explication of Islamic theodicy. It remarkably succeeds in both the academic register and as a sustained personal plea." --The Azanian Sea


"Jackson is a welcome addition to the writings of American Islamic scholars, most of whom are non-idigenous Muslims; such thinkers are not qualified to write from an Islamic-centric perspective about the numourous social, political, and economical ills that plague Muslim African Americans."--Yusef Sala, BEACON


"Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering warrants high praise for it's scholarship and deserves the attention of Islamic jurists, imams, religious scholars, and coverts."--Latif A. Tarik, Aerican Public University


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Sherman A. Jackson is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Michigan.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. R. Gardner on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Prof. Jackson does a masterful job of describing the problem of suffering in the four major Islamic theological schools and then developing that presentation around the idea of the suffering of Blackamericans. Done in comparison to similar ideas in Black Christianity, the underlying question is one of whether oppression and the suffering it creates is created by God and must therefore be passively endured, or whether it is a creation of humans and therefore can be rejected and struggled against. How many scholarly books have you read to the end because you wanted to find out not just how it came out, but how the whole argument was crafted? Jackson's book is one.

The majority of this work could readily be used to study the idea of God and His omnibenevolence and omnipotence in Islam, and as that alone is well worth the price of the book. Anyone interested in a careful but clear presentation of the idea of God in Islam will find this new work well worth the time put into it. Jackson's rigorous prose is precise without ever becoming stodgy. Those who have had the opportunity to hear him speak will find the same engagement and insight he brings in person alive in his books as well.
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By rashad bakari on December 11, 2013
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Solid author. Very informative book. This will definitely empower the reader. It aids in understanding Islam and/or African American pyscho-historical (sorry, this is my own word) consciousness.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Faatimah on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A must read for students of religion/theology/black history...just superb. Even the introduction could stand on its own. Dr. Jackson does a great job delivering the history without burdening you with it. His command over both the history and the theology is impressive and the structure of the book is a joy.
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