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Black Star, Crescent Moon

Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America

Sohail Daulatzai
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 288
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    Black Star, Crescent Moon
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    Black Star, Crescent Moon offers a new perspective on the political and cultural history of Black internationalism from the 1950s to the present. Sohail Daulatzai maps the rich, shared history between Black Muslims, Black radicals, and the Muslim Third World, showing how Black artists and activists imagined themselves as part of a global majority, connected to larger communities of resistance.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8181-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Introduction AN EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
    (pp. ix-xxx)

    On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as the forty-fourth president of the United States. On that day, perfectly planned to coincide with the national celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, more people gathered in Washington, D.C., than for any other event or protest in the nation’s history, eclipsing even the original March on Washington, which Dr. King made as the highpoint of American political theater. As hundreds of thousands of people gathered, tens of millions more watched on television to witness the inauguration of the first admittedly Black president in the nation’s history.

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  4. 1 “YOU REMEMBER DIEN BIEN PHU!” Malcolm X and the Third World Rising
    (pp. 1-44)

    “I am a citizen of Asia.” So read the draft card for Malcolm X upon his induction into the Korean War. Malcolm didn’t burn his draft card, as many would later. Instead, he used it as his declaration of independence. And when asked if he had filed a declaration to become a citizen of the United States, he replied, “No.” Hip-hop’s natural mystic Rakim Allah, decades later, in his prophetic song “Casualties of War,” would defy America’s first Gulf War invasion by saying about Iraq, “This is Asia from where I came.” As the Cold War hysteria raged throughout the...

  5. 2 TO THE EAST, BLACKWARDS: Black Power, Radical Cinema, and the Muslim Third World
    (pp. 45-88)

    In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron released the song “Whitey on the Moon” from his albumSmall Talk at 125th and Lenox. As a response to U.S. astronauts setting foot on the moon on July 21, 1969, Scott-Heron, whose poignant songs about personal loss and public failure would continue throughout his brilliant career, saw this national adventure as the epitome of hubris amid raging Black discontent and a brutal imperial war in Vietnam. He asked in song form, “A rat done bit my sister Nell with Whitey on the moon. Her face and arms began to swell and Whitey’s on the moon…....

  6. 3 RETURN OF THE MECCA: Public Enemies, Reaganism, and the Birth of Hip-Hop
    (pp. 89-136)

    New York City, and by extension the United States, got remixed by the influence of Islam well before the idea of 9/11. But this time it was through hip-hop culture. For Muslim MCs in the 1980s, New York City and its surroundings were reclaimed by its Black inhabitants in more ways than one. In the lexicon and imagination of Black Islam, New York was rechristened via Islam’s holiest sites, with Harlem becoming Mecca and Brooklyn becoming Medina. Harlem was named Mecca for many reasons, one of which had to do with Black Islam’s prophetic voice—Malcolm X—making Harlem sacred...

  7. 4 “GHOST IN THE HOUSE”: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the “Green Menace”
    (pp. 137-168)

    In October 1970, in his first fight back after his ban from boxing for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali walked out of the dressing room and toward the ring to fight Jerry Quarry, with Ali’s charismatic cornerman, Bundini Brown, shouting, “Ghost in the house! Ghost in the house!” That Ali was fighting a white boxer in his first comeback fight made this, like almost all of Ali’s fights, a race war in the squared circle. Many people in America—boxing fans or not—wanted to see Quarry silence Ali for his strident and defiant political stance...

  8. 5 PROTECT YA NECK: Global Incarceration, Islam, and the Black Radical Imagination
    (pp. 169-188)

    In May 2001, a hip-hop benefit concert was held in Watts, California, for Jamil Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown), who had recently been arrested and charged with killing a police officer in Georgia. Using hip-hop as a vehicle, artists such as Mos Def, T alib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and Zion I, along with numerous others, sought to raise awareness about the man formerly known as “Rap” for his powerful ability to captivate audiences with his fiery political rhetoric as a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panther Party during the mid-...

    (pp. 189-196)

    Guantánamo is still open. Drones keep flying, and more threats loom. Though there was a tremendous euphoria around the election of Barack Obama and a utopian belief that this was, in fact, a transformative moment, his presidency has meant very little to the “War on Terror” and next to nothing for racial injustice—except more of the same. Obama tried to capitalize on the euphoria early in his presidency, in June 2009, in his highly publicized address given in Cairo, Egypt, to Muslims around the world. Calling it “A New Beginning,” Obama went to Cairo as an envoy of empire...

    (pp. 197-200)
  11. NOTES
    (pp. 201-220)
    (pp. 221-222)
  13. INDEX
    (pp. 223-257)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 258-258)