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HUM/130 Week 6 Discussion Question 2 What events and figures have shaped the development of Islam in the United States? The Black Muslims, the Nation of Islam and the Civil Rights movements were three of the most significant events. Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) and Elijah Muhammad are by far the figures that most shaped the development of Islam. Before they came along, most people in America didn't know what a 'Muslim' was. It began as early as the 17th century, when Americans brought African slaves to the US, in fact, 40% of African slaves were Muslims The slaves brought Islam to the United States from Africa. Later on immigrants from around the world especially Middle East and India brought Islam with them. They formed communities that built mosques and schools and have even entered the various walks of life to enrich their society as
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Unformatted text preview: well as preserve and share their religion. After World War II an Islamic development occurred amongst African Americans which was named the Nation of Islam, but they were more commonly referred to as Black Muslims. Elijah Muhammad, who professed to be a motivated prophet, explained the doctrine of Resurrection in an unorthodox way as the recovery from oppression. The popular leader and spokesman Malcolm X embraced more conventional Islamic points of view. In 1965 he was murdered. Elijah Muhammad died in 1975. The organization was then called in the west the World Community of Islam. They formally discarded its separatist goals. In the late 1970s American Muslim Mission was the new name it was given. ....
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