Islamizing the Black Body: Ritual and Power in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam

  title={Islamizing the Black Body: Ritual and Power in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam},
  author={Edward E. Curtis},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  pages={167 - 196}
  • Edward E. Curtis
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • History
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Ever since C. Eric Lincoln published The Black Muslims in America, in 1961, many observers of the Nation of Islam (NOI) have seemed convinced by his claim that the movement was neither very “religious” nor “Islamic” in nature. In that classic study, currently in its third edition, Lincoln conceded that “the Black Muslim movement constitutes a legitimate religion within the definition of the sociology of religion” but also maintained that “religious values have a secondary importance.” For… 

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