East of the Sun (West of the Moon): Islam, the Ahmadis, and African America

  title={East of the Sun (West of the Moon): Islam, the Ahmadis, and African America},
  author={Moustafa Bayoumi},
  journal={Journal of Asian American Studies},
  pages={251 - 263}
  • M. Bayoumi
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • History
  • Journal of Asian American Studies
This article attempts to intervene in the standard narrative of African American Islam, where ideas of separation and exclusion reign. Far less inscribed, however, is a history of African American Islam which views the faith as a religion of universal belonging but one which arrives at it through a particular aesthetics of living. Music is an important part of this story and of this article and, when it was originally delivered, the paper began with Yusef Lateef ’s “Meditation” (Prestige, 1957… 
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