… Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection, by Sherman A. Jackson.
So I found this book in my uni library when I was trying to dig out a copy of Malcolm X’s autobiography and immediately grabbed it when I realised that it was indeed the work of Dr. Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson, whose articles and videos I have read and followed via the awesome Lamppost Productions website.
There are whole chunks I want to quote but I’ll only take a couple of the gems and leave the rest for people to fish out for themselves (every page has at least two, in my opinion).
This book is insightful, eye-opening, thought-provoking, ambitious and EXTREMELY relevant. I may not be an American but in exploring the relationship that Blackamericans - Muslim and otherwise - have had (and continue to have) with Islam, Dr. Jackson unearths issues that affect every modern Muslim, from East to West (but especially for those in the latter).
Highly recommended read and insha’Allah, I’ll do a fuller review on completion of the book.
Mind you, the references alone provide a further reading list (Sylviane Diouf next, methinks!) that I’m sure I’ll enjoy devouring after my final exams this summer. :)