Category: Religion

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 […]

What Stands For Liberation? A Call for a Muslim American Liberation Theology

by Margari Aziza Hill (originally published for Muslim Matters; March 18, 2017) “I grew up like a neglected weed — ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented.” —Harriet Tubman to Benjamin Drew; St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, 1855 I’m not a theologian, or am […]

“The Brutha Graduated from Azhar”: The Black Ḥāfiẓ in American Muslim Communities

﷽ by Ryan Hilliard Like many of us on June 10, 2016, I watched the livestream of the memorial service for our late hero Muhammad Ali [may God ﷻ have mercy on him] with bittersweetness. I knew that many celebrities and well-known personalities would attend to tearfully celebrate his life […]