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The Nuwaubian Nation (Ashgate New Religions) [Hardcover]

Susan Palmer
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August 1, 2010 0754662551 978-0754662556 scroll 199
This book takes the reader on a journey into an African-American spiritual movement. The United Nuwaubian Nation has changed shape since its inceptions the 1970s, transforming from a Black Hebrew mystery school into a Muslim utopian community in Brooklyn, N.Y.; from an Egyptian theme park into an Amerindian reserve in rural Georgia. This book follows the extraordinary career of Dwight York, who in his teens started out in a New York street gang, but converted to Islam in prison. Emerging as a Black messiah, York proceeded to break the Paleman's 'spell of Kingu' and to guide his people through a series of racial/religious identities that demanded dramatic changes in costume, gender roles and lifestyle. Dr. York's 'Blackosophy' is analyzed as a new expression of that ancient mystical worldview, Gnosticism. Referring to theories in the sociology of deviance and media studies, the author tracks the escalating hostilities against the group that climaxed in a Waco-style FBI raid on the Nuwaubian 'compound' in 2002. In the ensuing legal process we witness Dr. York's dramatic reversals of fortune; he is now serving a 175-year sentence as his Black Panther lawyer prepares to take his case to the Supreme Court. This book presents fresh and important insights into racialist spirituality and the social control of unconventional religions in America.

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'Susan Palmer's book, The Nuwaubian Nation: Black Spirituality and State Control, is a fascinating, well-written and informative study of one of the most interesting and complex Afro-American New Religious Movements in the United States, the Nuwaubian nation. - All in all the critical approach and thorough methodology adopted by Palmer makes this book a strong academic publication that has the potential to become a reference work in the fields of religious studies, ethnography, anthropology, Afro-American history and religion, and law.' --Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review

About the Author

Susan Palmer is the author of eight books on NRMs, the best know being Moon Sisters, Krishna Mother, Rajneesh lovers: Women's Roles in New Religions (Syracuse University Press, N.Y>, 1994) and Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion (Rutgers UNiv. Press, N.J., 2004). She teaches at Dawson College and Concordia University in their Religious Studies departments.

Product Details

  • Series: Ashgate New Religions
  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company; scroll 199 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754662551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754662556
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,162,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars misinformation January 16, 2014
Please make sure that you have your facts straight. Do write about a culture that you do not have no idea of. Many of the things that you have wrote are very offensive and incorrect.
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