By Manning Marable, Hishaam D. Aidi

Starting with nineteenth century narratives of African American tourists to the Holy Land, the subsequent chapters probe Islam's position in city social events, tune and pop culture, kin among African american citizens and Muslim immigrants, and the racial politics of yank Islam with the continued battle in Iraq.

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Asante insists that the Arabs have structured Islam in such a way that nonArabs (read, Blackamericans) are forced to accept the inherent superiority of Arab idiosyncrasies and presuppositions. , the primacy of Arabic among Muslims); Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca; the qiblah, or the direction in which Muslims must turn when offering ritual prayers; the doctrine that Muhammad was the last prophet; and customs such as dress that were informed by a specifically Arab culture. While space does not permit a full treatment of all these points, what follows should suffice to demonstrate that Asante is a proponent of Black Orientalism.

18. William Sampson Brooks, Footprints of a Black Man (St. Louis: Eden, 1915). 19. html#sources1. 20. See Ilan Pappe, A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004). 32 Black Routes to Islam 21. See, for example, Nikihl Singh, Black is a Country. For a story of the Negritude movement, see Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003). S. Foreign Affairs, 1935–1960 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996).

In this way, Promise’s engagement with Zionism enabled Seaton to imagine a future promised land for all Christians, even as that future was based on Western colonialism and Jewish conversion to Christianity. For the Reverend W. L. 17 26 Black Routes to Islam Jones began his 1907 travel account, The Travel in Egypt and Scenes of Jerusalem with the following: “For a long time, yes fifteen years, I have had a desire to visit the old world. I first felt that it was my calling to Africa, and for several years I was troubled with that thought; afterwards my mind was disabused of that idea, for a new one, that of Jerusalem.

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