Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Like a hip hop awardee at the Grammys, first and foremost I would like to thank God. I thank Allah for making all things possible and ask Allah to purify my intentions and accept my efforts. I thank my mother, Amina Amatul Haqq, for her many sacrifices and my grandmother, Carmen...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

Esperanza: Stuff is kind of mashed up, and now [Arab and South Asian U.S. American]1 sisters are wanting to dress like the [U.S. Black American] sisters they see on stage. . . . It’s girls that are probably first generation here, trying to find the aesthetic that fits them that is not...

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1. The Loop of Muslim Cool: Black Islam, Hip Hop, and Knowledge of Self

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pp. 27-76

Three pairs of Adidas sneakers and a pair of black combat boots lined the doorway of my apartment. The first pair of sneakers was chocolate brown with beige stripes, and the second was white and black underneath scuffmarks. The last was a pair of shell tops with emerald green...

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2. Policing Music and the Facts of Blackness

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pp. 77-108

In the fall of 2007 DJ Man-O-Wax resurrected “Turntable Dhikr,” a live DJ set he had first started working on six years earlier. As the name implies, Man-O-Wax used the turntable to perform dhikr, a custom of remembrance practiced by Muslims around the world. The turntable...

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3. Blackness as a Blueprint for the Muslim Self

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pp. 109-138

(A sample from “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by hip hop artist Lauryn Hill plays as three models come onto the stage and do coordinated shouldershimmies reminiscent of a 1960s female R&B group. As the sample ends, the models freeze into poses and Sara enters...

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4. Cool Muslim Dandies: Signifyin’ Race, Religion, Masculinity, and Nation

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pp. 139-177

Eight different Black American men adorned the covers of the August 2008 issue of Ebony magazine. These eight different men on eight different covers represented an effort by the magazine to pay homage to one very powerful characteristic they had in common: Black cool. These...

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5. The Limits of Muslim Cool

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pp. 178-218

After settling into my economy-class seat for the long haul flight to London in April 2014, I opened up my iPad to peruse, with a fair bit of chagrin, a recently released 104-page U.S. Department of State digital publication entitled American Muslims. The design quality of the color...

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Conclusion: #BlackLivesMatter

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pp. 219-232

It is fairly common wisdom that death punctuates life. It causes the living to reevaluate and reconsider just about everything, particularly that deep existential question: what the hell am I doing with my life? This question became quite palpable for me in the years since 2012 as the...

Notes

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pp. 233-246

Discography

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pp. 247-248

Bibliography

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pp. 249-262

Index

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pp. 263-272

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About the Author

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p. 273

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is a scholar-artist-activist who uses anthropology and performance to explore the intersections of race and popular culture. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University and is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown...