Category: History

Looking Back to COINTELPRO in the Age of “Black Identity Extremism”

by Will Caldwell The FBI issued an intelligence assessment on Aug. 3, 2017, alerting law enforcement around the country to the new threat of “Black Identity Extremists” (BIE). Foreign Policy since has obtained a copy of the report and it is now receiving widespread media coverage. Many in the government […]

Where Did All That Power Go?: Black Muslims in the Movement for Community Control and Police Accountability

By Rasul Miller First Posted on Sept 1st, 2015 On April 14th, 1972, a man claiming to be a Detective Thomas from New York City’s 28th police precinct placed a call requesting assistance for a fellow officer in distress. The call, later determined to be a fake, prompted two officers to […]

Reflections: a Black Muslim Woman’s 40-Year Journey with Islam

The following narrative is an excerpt from the book Why We Chose This Way, a compilation of creative nonfiction essays written by Turiya S. A. Raheem. These essays are based on interviews she conducted with Black Muslim women, as well as her own experiences. In the excerpt below, taken from […]

The Significance of Black Muslim History

The Significance of Black Muslim History Why is the study of Black Muslim history important? Many Muslims in the US, including some Black American Muslims, have questioned the relevance of Black American history and culture, emphasizing the universalism and racial egalitarianism of the orthodox (i.e., Sunni and Shia) Islamic traditions. […]