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Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) was one of the most significant and controversial black leaders of the twentieth century. His followers called him the Messenger of Allah, while his critics labeled him a teacher of hate. Southern by birth, Muhammad moved north, eventually serving as the influential head of the Nation of Islam for over forty years. Claude Clegg III not only chronicles Muhammad's life, but also examines the history of American black nationalists and the relationship between Islam and the African American experience.

In this authoritative biography, which also covers half a century of the evolution of the Nation of Islam, Clegg charts Muhammad's early life, his brush with Jim Crow in the South, his rise to leadership of the Nation of Islam, and his tumultuous relationship with Malcolm X. Clegg is the first biographer to weave together speeches and published works by Muhammad, as well as delving into declassified government documents, insider accounts, audio and video records, and interviews, producing the definitive account of an extraordinary man and his legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part I: Genesis
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. 26,000 Years
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2. An Original Man, Lost and Found
  2. pp. 14-40
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  1. 3. The Knowledge of Self and Others
  2. pp. 41-74
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  1. Part II: The Wilderness
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 4. Tabernacle in the Wilderness
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. 5. Public Enemy
  2. pp. 88-108
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  1. 6. Messenger of Allah
  2. pp. 109-146
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  1. Part III: The Keys to the Kingdom
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 7. Trials and Tribulations
  2. pp. 149-189
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  1. 8. Rumors of War
  2. pp. 190-234
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  1. 9. A Nation of Shopkeepers
  2. pp. 235-266
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  1. Part IV: Judgment
  2. pp. 267-268
  1. 10. In the Last Days
  2. pp. 269-284
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  1. Epilogue: Elijah Muhammad in American Memory
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Appendix: Terminology of the Nation of Islam
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 291-344
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-366
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 367-377
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469618074
Related ISBN
9781469618067
MARC Record
OCLC
933516544
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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