Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

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"Sylviane Diouf's Servants of Allah is a welcome contribution to our understanding of a critical moment in the African Diaspora. Her focus is the collective experience of African Muslims enslaved in the New World. Diouf's premise is that Muslims maintained their religious and cultural integrity, indeed their identity, in the face of daunting odds...The author's insight into Islamic almsgiving in the form of saraka cakes in the Georgia Sea islands is intriguing. The section on Muslim dress in the third chapter is well presented. Perhaps the most fascinating parts of the work concern the probability that Muslim holy books were transferred from the Old World to the New via networks of black sailors and that the blues are most likely informed by the musical creativity of West African Muslims."-"Journal of Southern History",

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Many assume that what Muslim faith any West Africans took with them when transported to the Americas as slaves was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. This book sets out to show that, in fact, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale. It presents a history of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas, and describes how, even while enslaved, many Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban and well-travelled, they drew on their organization and the strength of their faith to maintain successful, cohesive communities and to play a major part in the best-known slave uprisings. Although Islam did not survive in the Americas in its orthodox form, its mark can be found in certain religions, traditions and artistic creations of peoples of African descent.

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