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The Complexities of RaceIdentity, Power, and Justice in an Evolving America$
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Charmaine Wijeyesinghe

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801404

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801404.001.0001

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Islam and Hip Hop in Black America

Islam and Hip Hop in Black America

Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis

(p.192) 9 Islam and Hip Hop in Black America
The Complexities of Race

Amer F. Ahmed

NYU Press

This chapter explores the significant connections and interplay between Islam, Black cultural expression and oral traditions, rap, and Hip Hop. Drawing on the literature, the work and words of historical figures and rap and Hip Hop artists and activists, and his own personal and professional narratives, Amer Ahmed highlights the infusion of Islamic ideology and knowledge into Hip Hop. Through the frames of public and hidden discourse, Ahmed illuminates how rap and Hip Hop inform and draw meaning from Black Americans’ resistance to oppression, as well as other global freedom movements. The chapter applies an intersectional lens to multiple levels of inquiry, and to the subjects of identity, intergroup dynamics, and systemic inequality. Ahmed concludes with recommendations for how Hip Hop can be used in critical, liberatory pedagogy and practice.

Keywords:   Islam, Islamic ideologies, Hip Hop, rap, Black oral traditions, Five Percenters, Black nationalism/Nation of Islam, Hip Hop as social commentary, critical pedagogy, Hip Hop and international activism

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