Servants of Allah African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas, 15th Anniversary Edition

ISBN-10: 1479847119
ISBN-13: 9781479847112
Edition: 15th 2013
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 15th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 351
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas. Although many assume that what Muslim faith they brought with them to the Americas was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu, as Sylviane A. Diouf demonstrates in this meticulously-researched, groundbreaking volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale. She details how, even while enslaved, many Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban, and well-traveled, they drew on their organization, solidarity and the strength of their beliefs to play a major part in the most well-known slave uprisings. But for all their accomplishments and contributions to the history and cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslims have been largely ignored. Servants of Allah—a Choice 1999 Outstanding Academic Title—illuminates the role of Islam in the lives of both individual practitioners and communities, and shows that though the religion 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.  This 15th anniversary edition has been updated to include new materials and analysis, a review of developments in the field, prospects for new research, and new illustrations. Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian specializing in the history of the African Diaspora, African Muslims, the slave trade and slavery. She is the author of Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons (NYU Press 2013) and Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America, and the editor of Fighting The Slave Trade: West African Strategies.

Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora. She is the author of  Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons  and  Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas , both with NYU Press. The fifteenth anniversary edition of Servants of Allah —named Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1999—will be released in October 2013. Her book  Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America  received the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association, the 2009 Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association and was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the editor of  Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies  and the co-editor of  In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience . A recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, and the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, Diouf is a Curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the 15th Anniversary Edition
African Muslims, Christian Europeans, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Upholding the Five Pillars of Islam in a Hostile World
The Muslim Community
Literacy: A Distinction and a Danger
Resistance, Revolts, and Returns to Africa
The Muslim Legacy
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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