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Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam

Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim


With vocal public figures such as Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam (NOI) often appears to be a male-centric religious movement, and over 60 years of scholarship have perpetuated that notion. Yet, women have been pivotal in the NOI's development, playing a major role in creating the public image that made it appealing and captivating. This book draws on oral histories and interviews with approximately one hundred women across several cities to provide an overview of women's historical contributions and their varied experiences of the NOI, including both its c ... More

Keywords: Nation of Islam, Farrakhan, Imam W. D. Mohammed, Sunni Islam, women, Islamic tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814769959
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814769959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dawn-Marie Gibson, author

Jamillah Karim, author