Women and the NOI, Pre-1975
This chapter explores women's encounters with the Black Muslims, women's experiences of life within the Nation of Islam (NOI), and their collective and individual contributions to building and sustaining the Nation's structures. While the chapter is not focused on the inner power struggles and leadership abuses that engulfed the Chicago and New York branches of the movement, it does consider women's responses to leadership crises within the group. The majority of the women highlighted are former members of the Nation, currently in the Warith Deen Mohammed (WDM) community, who joined the Nation in the 1960s and 1970s. Topics discussed include the women's first encounters with the NOI; life in the NOI; Nation women's dress code, diet, marriage, education, work, and activism; and NOI politics.
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