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The princess and the prophet : the secret history of magic, race, and Moorish Muslims in America

Author: Jacob S Dorman
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How the circuses, dance halls, and midways of the Gilded Age provided the cultural ferment and freedom that led to the creation of the Black Muslim movement in America"--
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dorman, Jacob S., 1974-
The princess and the prophet
Boston : Beacon Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2019037409
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob S Dorman
ISBN: 9780807067260 0807067261
OCLC Number: 1119074422
Description: 311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: organic mosaics --
Old Kentucky --
Oriental magic --
Muslim masons --
Imperial inferno --
Hindoo magic --
White tops --
Death dance --
Professor Drew --
Chicago rackets --
Black Mecca --
Power brokers --
Moorish science --
Machine politics --
Moorish factions --
Chicago justice --
Epilogue: the bridge.
Other Titles: Secret history of magic, race, and Moorish Muslims in America
Responsibility: Jacob S. Dorman.

Abstract:

"How the circuses, dance halls, and midways of the Gilded Age provided the cultural ferment and freedom that led to the creation of the Black Muslim movement in America"--

Dorman tells the story of the Black Broadway performer who discovered in Islam a greater measure of freedom and dignity, and a rebuttal to the racism and parochialism of white America. Walter Brister, with the help of his wife, a former lion tamer and 'Hindoo' magician herself, renamed himself Prophet Noble Drew Ali and founded the predecessor of the Nation of Islam, the Moorish Science Temple of America, in the 1920s. The couple and their 'Moors' built a nationwide following of thousands of dues-paying members, swung Chicago elections, and embedded themselves in Chicago’s dominant Republican political machine at the height of Prohibition racketeering, only to see their sect descend into infighting in 1929 that likely claimed the prophet's life. -- adapted from jacket

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