Servants of Allah by Sylviane A. Diouf
African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

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Despite the explosion in work on African American and religious history, little is known about Black Muslims who came to America as slaves. Most assume that what Muslim faith any Africans did bring with them was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. But, surprisingly, as Sylviane Diouf shows in this new, meticulously researched volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale.

Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslim slaves, following them from Africa to the Americas. It details how, even while enslaved many Black Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban, and well traveled, Black Muslims drew on their organization and the strength of their beliefs to play a major part in the most well known slave uprisings. Though Islam did not survive in the Americas in its orthodox form, its mark can be found in certain religions, traditions, and artistic creations of people of African descent.

But for all their accomplishments and contributions to the cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslim slaves have been largely ignored. Servants of Allah is the first book to examine the role of Islam in the lives of both individual practitioners and in the American slave community as a whole, while also shedding light on the legacy of Islam in today's American and Caribbean cultures.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1999.

 

About Sylviane A. Diouf

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Sylviane A. Dioufhas published hundreds of articles in international and local magazines and newspapers. Her studies on immigration and race have appeared inHommes & Migrations(France) and one of her texts is part of the curriculum of economic sciences for the 11th grade in France. She has written for the United Nations and contributed to numerous academic journals, most recently,Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, the bilingual journal of the Africana Studies Department at New York University andThe Journal of Islamic Studiesof Oxford University. She received her doctorate from L'Université Denis Diderot in Paris and has taught in France and Gabon. She has lived in Senegal, France, Gabon, Italy, and New York.
 
Published November 1, 1998 by NYU Press academic. 265 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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