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Being MuslimA Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam$
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Sylvia Chan-Malik

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479850600

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479850600.001.0001

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Insurgent Domesticity

Insurgent Domesticity

Race and Gender in Representations of NOI Women during the Cold War Era

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Being Muslim

Sylvia Chan-Malik

NYU Press

This chapter considers how the domestic spaces of Black American Muslim women were portrayed in photography, media, and literature during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s and 60s. The male gaze and changing gender roles mediated these representations. In analyses of the 1959 CBS news documentary “The Hate That Hate Produced”; The Messenger Magazine, the first official publication of the NOI, edited by Malcolm X in 1959; a 1963 photo essay in Life magazine, photographed by Gordon Parks, and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, the chapter characterizes images of the domesticity of Black Muslim women as “insurgent visions” of American Islam, oftentimes imagined by men, yet enacted with women’s consent and participation.

Keywords:   Photography, Cold War domesticity Masculinity, Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin

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