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The intentions of this guide are to provide the researcher with helpful tips, and suggested print and electronic resources about Islam in the African American experience.

The guide is divided into 6 different categories. Each is designed to give the researcher ideas on how to track down material relating to the African Americans and Islam.

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Background Information

In some circles Islam for African Americans begins and ends with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. Nothing could be farther from the truth. With this guide one will discover that the Islamic experience among African Americans can be traced back to the enslavement period in the United States, when Africans who were captured from West Africa and brought their Islamic traditions with them.

For additonal background information on this topic, see the essay, "Islam and African Americans," in Oxford African American Studies Center  or Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, 2nd edition.

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