Category: Blog

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 of Islamic religious movements grew […]

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 Africans in the Indian Ocean. […]

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 term of opprobrium, indicating someone […]

#IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus

Please circulate widely: In response to intensified anti-Muslim racism and inspired by the #FergusonSyllabus, the #StandingRockSyllabus, the #BlackIslamSyllabus and others, a group of interdisciplinary scholars has created the #IslamophobiaIsRacism syllabus to provide resources for teaching and learning about anti-Muslim racism in the United States. This syllabus deliberately reframes “Islamophobia” as […]