This important work on American Black Islam, previously published in cloth, is now available in trade paperback. With the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, the Nation of Islam and its often controversial leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, have reemphasized their importance as a major voice of the African-American community. Marsh examines the rise, fall, and rebirth of the oldest, most powerful, and significant Black nationalist organization in the United States. New chapters focus on the ideological splits in the Nation of Islam during the 1970s, the growth of the Nation in the 1980s, and the expanding influence and power of the organization in the 1990s. A key chapter examines the continuing legacy of African nationalist thought from 1815 to 1994, places Farrakhan in historical context, and examines his addition to the African nationalist legacy of Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois. The appendixes include interviews with important members of the Nation of Islam, Imam, Wallace D. Muhammad (son of Elijah Muhammad) and Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad, the national spokesman for minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam; and a directory of Masjids in the United States and abroad. With bibliography and index.
Clifton E. Marsh is Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.