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The Princess and the Prophet

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The Princess and the Prophet by Jacob S. Dorman
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Mar 03, 2020 | ISBN 9780807067260

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Praise

“A captivating reinterpretation of Muslim-American heritage.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“A fascinating work of historical reinterpretation.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“A remarkable study.”
Publishers Weekly

“Performer, prestidigitator, peddler, preacher, prophet, politician, prisoner, and precursor of Nation of Islam—these are the many faces of the enigmatic Noble Drew Ali. Jacob Dorman’s deft and riveting historical ‘thriller’ demolishes everything we thought we knew about the man, his equally mysterious wife, and the movement he led. A journey through continents and circus tents, barbershops and backrooms, millennia of religious traditions and an ersatz ‘Orient’ embodied in the flesh of Black pretenders, The Princess and the Prophet is itself a prodigious feat of detective work and archival magic. A spectacular book in so many ways.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

The Princess and the Prophet is a must-read! Jacob S. Dorman weaves together fascinating and compelling tales of circuses and theatrical stage shows and love and religion to reveal the deeply layered and mysterious public and private life of the first Black Muslim prophet. With this major contribution to the fields of African American and religious studies and of US history, Dorman illuminates how America’s socioeconomic and political landscape of racial segregation, corruption and vice, Northern migration and immigration, and public and private amusements shaped African Americans’ varying interpretations of and attraction to Islam during the early twentieth century. The Princess and the Prophet is certain to transform our understanding of African American history, leaving readers with new ways of discussing Black life, culture, and religion.”
—LaShawn D. Harris, author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy

“A masterful blend of rigorous scholarship and compelling narrative, The Princess and the Prophet is an immense accomplishment. Dorman illuminates lost chapters of American history and transforms our understanding of an American prophet. The Princess and the Prophet will make a lasting contribution to our study of American religion.”
—Michael Muhammad Knight, author of The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-hop and the Gods of New York

“Jacob Dorman, the author of an earlier award-winning book on Black Israelite religions, has scored again with this superb study. Intelligently conceived, meticulously researched, and splendidly written, Dorman’s new book fills a major void in African American history.”
—Bill Tuttle, author of Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Organic Mosaics

CHAPTER ONE
Old Kentucky

CHAPTER TWO
Oriental Magic

CHAPTER THREE
Muslim Masons

CHAPTER FOUR
Imperial Inferno

CHAPTER FIVE
Hindoo Magic

CHAPTER SIX
White Tops

CHAPTER SEVEN
Death Dance

CHAPTER EIGHT
Professor Drew

CHAPTER NINE
Chicago Rackets

CHAPTER TEN
Black Mecca

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Power Brokers

CHAPTER TWELVE
Moorish Science

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Machine Politics

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Moorish Factions

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Chicago Justice

EPILOGUE
The Bridge

Acknowledgments
Image Credits
Notes
Index

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