Month: April 2017

Is Islam an Anti-Black Religion?

by Rasul Miller During the twentieth century, Islam and Muslims came to enjoy a largely positive reputation among Black communities throughout the country, particularly in urban centers. This was a byproduct of the increased visibility of Black American Muslims in these communities as various kinds […]

A Trajectory of Manumission: Examining the Issue of Slavery in Islam

by Nathaniel Mathews A number of years ago I gave a lecture on Swahili coast history to a group of educators and students on Chicago’s South Side. During the Q&A period one older gentleman asked me why I didn’t say more about Muslim-led slavery of […]

Responding to “Hoteps”: Three Points on “Islamic” Slavery

by Nathaniel Mathews When I was an undergrad at Howard in the mid-2000s, “hotep” was basically a “conscious” way to greet people; it signified that one had done some reading and research into Ancient Kemet. Over a decade later, the term ‘hotep’ has become a […]

Black Muslim Women: Discrimination and Identity

by Malikah A. Shabazz I am a Black Muslim Woman. We are Muslims before we are [insert nationality]! No! We are [insert nationality] first! Usually whenever I hear this argument brewing, I proceed to engage in the biggest full handed facepalm I can muster. Although […]