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Lecture: “Wednesdays at the Center – Black Muslims and the World: The Ideological Eclecticism of Black American Sunni Islam” with Rasul Miller (University of California-Irvine)
April 7, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Throughout the twentieth century, Black American Sunni Muslim communities engaged various intellectual, ideological, and political currents from the Muslim world. From Pan-Africanism to Pan-Islamism to Nasserism to African Sufism, Black American Sunni Muslims appropriated these eclectic discourses to address their unique religious, spiritual, and political needs. They cultivated vibrant religious cultures marked by ideological diversity as they drew upon and reconciled intellectual discourses that were often in fierce opposition with one another in majority-Muslim societies. This talk will consider the life, work, and eclectic intellectual engagements of Shaykh Daoud Ahmed Faisal, a pioneer of the Black American Sunni tradition who, along with his wife Mother Khadijah Faisal, established one of New York City’s oldest Sunni mosques.
Rasul Miller is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include Black Muslim communities in the Atlantic World, Black internationalism, and West African Islamic intellectual history.
Sponsored by DISC, DUMSEC, DUCIGS, Duke AMES Department, and the John Hope Franklin Center