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Women of the NationBetween Black Protest and Sunni Islam$
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Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814769959

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814769959.001.0001

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Women in the Nation of Islam and the Warith Deen Mohammed Community

Women in the Nation of Islam and the Warith Deen Mohammed Community

Crafting a Dialogue

(p.180) 4 Women in the Nation of Islam and the Warith Deen Mohammed Community
Women of the Nation

Dawn-Marie Gibson

Jamillah Karim

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on dialogue between women in the Nation of Islam (NOI) and those in the Warith Deen Mohammed (WDM) community. It explores the two groups' levels of engagement with mainstream Islam, engagement with concerns in the Black community, and conceptions of gender equality, especially as it relates to women's leadership in mosques. Having found that encounters and conversations between women of the two groups are few and far between, the chapter proposes what women of the two groups would want the other to know about their practice and understanding of Islam in light of mutual misconceptions. It highlights women's voices as they might respond to these misconceptions, providing women's views on various topics, including the continued relevance of the NOI in a context in which Sunni Islam prevails as the version of Islam practiced by most African Americans and the controversial practices of female imams and polygyny.

Keywords:   Nation of Islam, Warith Deen Mohammed, Muslim women, Imam Mohammed, Minister Ava Muhammad, Black community, gender equality, African Americans, female imams, polygyny

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