Islam and Blackness

Pages: 352
Subject: Religion, Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Islam and Blackness

Jonathan A.C. Brown

Bestselling scholar Jonathan A.C. Brown scrupulously interrogates claims of antiblack racism in Islam's sacred texts

9780861544844 (3 Nov 2022)
RRP £25.00 / US$35.00

The Book

Antiblack racism is a global problem, including in much of the Muslim world. A common accusation is that Islam itself, at its scriptural foundations and in its moral and legal teachings, is antiblack. This book offers the most comprehensive and in-depth response to this claim.

Locating the origins of this accusation in the old trope of Barbary enslavement, modern Afrocentrism and conservative politics, Islam & Blackness explores antiblackness in Islamic scripture, law and mysticism. It explains how antiblackness arose in the Islamic world and became entangled with normative tradition. Finally, the book identifies authoritative voices in Islam's past that are crucial for combatting antiblack racism today.

Additional Information

Subject Religion, Religion: Islam
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Jonathan A.C. Brown is Professor and Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Slavery & Islam, Misquoting Muhammad and Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World, all of which are published by Oneworld. He lives in Virginia.

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