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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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Garments for One Another

Garments for One Another

Islam and Marriage in the Lives of Betty Shabazz and Dakota Staton

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Being Muslim

Sylvia Chan-Malik

NYU Press

Chapter Three examines the lives of two of the most prominent Muslim women in the United States in the 1950s and 60s: wife/and later widow of Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz, and jazz singer Dakota Staton. The Muslim-ness of both women was inexorably linked, and oftentimes, wholly predicated upon, to their status as wives of Black American Muslim men. Through an exploration of how each woman approached Islam and marriage in their daily lives, the chapter argues that Shabazz and Staton viewed their marriage and Muslim identities concurrently, and through racial and gendered contexts in which they approached marriage as an integral component of their practices of Islam.

Keywords:   Marriage, Betty Shabazz, Dakota Staton

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