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Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam Paperback – July 11, 2014
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“Women of the Nation will prove an essential resource for any scholar or teacher interested in the experiences and contributions of black women to both Islam and black nationalism in American history.” -The Journal of American History
"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
"Will add handsomely to the growing body of scholarship on the important topic of Islam in America, with particular reference to Islam in the black American community. The authors have provided us a useful and fascinating glimpse into an extremely interesting and undertheorized subject."-Sherman A. Jackson,author of Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection
"This text emerges to provide some transparency for readers about these women’s lives and the lives of those who left the Nation to follow Warith Deen Mohammed. Women are in the foreground, but not without the persistent and sometimes overriding presence of the men that they marry, contend with, and serve. The co-authors actually have different strengths—Karim is an insider while Gibson is the outsider. The resultant collaboration provides readers with varying lenses into this community of women."-Choice
About the Author
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 an international lecturer in race, gender, and Islam in America. She was formerly Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College. She is the author of American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah.
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The stories shared by the women interviewed were powerful and in many ways inspiring. The book also provides a historical touchstone to Islam and Muslim womanhood in the United States as well as the African-American experience. It also is an example of the importance of recognizing the affects social intersections like race, gender, and religion have on one's worldview and ability to affect social change. I look forward to more from Karim.