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Elijah Muhammad : religious leader
Halasa, Malu.
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Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, 1990.
Physical Description:
100 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
A biography of a leader of the Black Muslim movement, which combined religious beliefs with strong social protest.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.7 3.0 8318.
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Central Library BP223.Z8 E45 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library BP223.Z8 E45 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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-- Critically acclaimed biographies of history's most notable African-Americans
-- Straightforward and objective writing
-- Lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia
-- Essential for multicultural studies

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School Library Journal Review

This series entry traces the life of Elijah Poole from his youth in rural Georgia, to his introduction and initiation to the Nation of Islam (also known as Black Muslims), to his emergence as the group's leader in 1934 as Elijah Muhammad. Halasa portrays Muhammad as a low-profile, perceptive, somewhat autocratic individual whose strong sense of black identity won many converts. This portrayal is fair and balanced; Muhammad's positive traits are highlighted while the negative aspects of his leadership and personal life are also discussed. The relationship between Muhammad and Malcolm X receives broad coverage, but after that the book plods toward its conclusion. Still, it will be useful for examining the social and religious impact that this group has had on American culture. The book is supplemented with black-and-white photographs. --Jeanette Lambert, LaVega School, Waco, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Elijah Muhammad presided over the Black Muslim religious movement for half a century. He was one of the first people to accept the radical views of the Nation of Islam, and, at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, was one of the most powerful African-American men in the country. Excerpted from Elijah Muhammad by Malu Halasa All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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