Category: History

(Profile) Centering Black Narrative: An Interview with Imam Dawud Walid

By Dawud Walid & Will Caldwell We interviewed Imam Dawud Walid about a new book he co-authored with Ahmad Mubarak, Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles among the Early Pious Muslims. The book profiles various dark-skinned companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who, today, would would be perceived as “black.” The authors […]

(Profile) The Black Messiah: Makandal, First Imam of the New World

By Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes “…but We eternally will to bestow favor upon those who were oppressed in the land, making them leaders (imams), making them inheritors, establishing them in the land with power, and through them showing Pharaoh, Haman, and their armies from the oppressed the very thing they feared.”  ~ […]

Profile: Sheikh Ameen Abdul Awal Al-Akkir

By Rasul Miller Black Muslims in the Americas have worked to acquire, preserve, and transmit knowledge of their religion throughout their sojourn in this part of the world. During the twentieth century, as Islam underwent a resurgence among Black Americans in urban centers around the country, a number of them […]

Black Muslims and the Politics of Black Respectability

by Rasul Miller The tendency to pathologize Black people has a long history. Particularly here in the West, people of African descent have been imagined to be abnormal and unhealthy in their behavior since the beginning of the modern era. This history has, of course, impacted Black Muslims in the […]