288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3393-0
Published: October 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3392-3
Published: October 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3394-7
Published: September 2017
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Awards & distinctions
2018 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, Organization of American Historians
2018 Letitia Woods Brown Prize, Association for Black Women Historians
Honorable Mention, 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Award
Telling the stories of women like Clara Poole (wife of Elijah Muhammad) and Burnsteen Sharrieff (secretary to W. D. Fard, founder of the Allah Temple of Islam), Taylor offers a compelling narrative that explains how their decision to join a homegrown, male-controlled Islamic movement was a complicated act of self-preservation and self-love in Jim Crow America.
About the Author
Ula Yvette Taylor is professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
For more information about Ula Yvette Taylor, visit the Author Page.
"A well written, complex narrative that sits at the intersection of race, religion, culture, and gender."--Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
“A refreshing, robust study of the most prominent community of African American Muslims in the 20th century.”--Reading Religion
“Explores how black women struggled for voice and agency within a Black Power organization. . . . Deserve[s] a wide audience among scholars of African American women’s history and of the civil rights and Black Power movements in particular.”--Journal of Southern History
“An easy-to-follow and thought-provoking, yet thoroughly documented, work. It is suitable for undergraduates, graduates, and scholars alike.”--Nova Religio
“Until now, histories of the NOI have not given women their due, and none have had this kind of archival breadth and reach. This is superb scholarship.”—Gerald Horne, author of Fire This Time
“While much has been written about the Nation of Islam, male-centered narratives of the most controversial and high-profile leaders have predominated. And yet, as Taylor demonstrates, without the work and foresight of women, the NOI would have been a far-less-effective organization. This study moves the women of the NOI from the periphery to the center to unveil layers of insight into the politics of black intimacy. It combines compelling storytelling of individual biographies and deft analysis of the larger cultural and political forces impacting the lives of ordinary black people using a rich treasure trove of archival records and interviews. This is a stellar contribution to gender studies, African American studies, and late twentieth-century U.S. history.”--Tera W. Hunter, Princeton University