Servants of Allah

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.

Book News
Explores the stories of African Muslim slaves in the New World. The author argues that although Islam as brought by the Africans did not outlive the last slaves, "what they wrote on the sands of the plantations is a successful story of strength, resilience, courage, pride, and dignity." She discusses Christian Europeans, African Muslims, the Atlantic slave trade, literacy, revolts, and the Muslim legacy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Authors: Diouf, Sylviane A. (Sylviane Anna), 1952-
Statement of Responsibility: Sylviane A. Diouf
Title: Servants of Allah
African Muslims enslaved in the Americas
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c1998
Characteristics: ix, 253 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-246) and index
Contents: Introduction: an understudied presence and legacy
African Muslims, Christian Europeans, and the Atlantic 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
Subject Headings: African Americans History To 1863 Muslims, Black America History Muslims, Black United States History Slaves Religious life America History Slaves Religious life United States History
Topical Term: African Americans
Muslims, Black
Muslims, Black
LCCN: 98019768
ISBN: 0814719058
Research Call Number: *OGC 04-7446
JFE 99-368
Sc D 98-3122
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