Senior Editor Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer interviews Dr. Rasul Miller about his highly acclaimed article “Black American Sufi – A History.” They first explore the global context of early Black American Sufi communities and then delve into the importance of documenting the oral history of our elders, highlighting additional pioneers of American tariqahs. Miller also discusses misconceptions of Sufi practices in juxtaposition to the concept of bida and expounds on the evolution of Black Muslim religiosity in America and the transformative power of Islamic spirituality.
Featured image: 6th Annual Shaykh Hassan Cisse Commemoration Courtesy of Nasrul Ilm America.
Rasul Miller is a historian of Black Muslim communities in the Atlantic World. He received his PhD in History and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include Muslim movements in 20th century America and their relationship to Black Internationalism and West African intellectual history. He currently serves as a Postdoctoral Associate in the study of the Racialization of Islam at Yale University’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.