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Malcolm X and African American Islam


Value: two units


 Dr Dawn-Marie Gibson


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars and supervisions of dissertation through a series of 1-to-1 meetings


Taught unit: Oral Presentation (10%) and 3-hour Exam (90%); dissertation unit: 10,000-word dissertation (100%)  

NB Not to be taken in conjunction with Group 2 course unit: HS2219 Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1968

This course will provide students with a detailed, intensive and thorough examination of the origins and development of African American Islam. The course examines the formative years of the Nation of Islam (NOI) in 1930s Detroit and the debates that surround the identity of the group’s founder, W.D Fard Muhammad.  This course focuses largely on Malcolm X and assesses his career in the NOI, commercialisation in the early 1990s and his contested legacy. The course will provide students with an intensive overview of the debates that relate to Malcolm’s autobiography and his split from the NOI in 1964.  The course will also introduce students to recent studies that explore the work of women in the original NOI and the organization’s relationship with Muslim communities in and beyond the US.  The second half of the course focuses rather heavily on the resurrected NOI which has been led by Louis Farrakhan since 1977. Topics within this half of the course will include a detailed examination of the Million Man March in 1995, Louis Farrakhan’s leadership, racial politics and women’s work and leadership in his organization.



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