The Nation of Islam Term Paper by Nicky

The Nation of Islam
An examination of the Nation of Islam as a spiritual, social, and political movement that empowers African Americans.
# 148283 | 1,428 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper outlines the roots of the Nation of Islam and how Elijah Muhammad built up the religion that was started by Farad Muhammad. The paper examines how the Nation of Islam differs significantly from traditional Islam and addresses why this movement appears to be more about black nationalism and ethnic pride than about religion. The paper points out that although the Nation of Islam is a controversial movement, it has been one of the most important aspects of African American culture.

From the Paper:

"Farad Muhammad disappeared from Detroit soon after he founded what he called the "Lost-Found Nation of Islam in the Wilderness of North America," (Curtis 2). After he left, one of his followers became the new head of the organization. That person was named Elijah Poole. Poole was from Georgia but moved to Detroit in 1923. He was running from the law and was also being watched by the federal government, because Poole was suspected of anti-American activities. He may even have sympathized with the Japanese Empire during World War Two and was convicted for evading the draft (Curtis 2). Therefore, Elijah Poole was attracted to the philosophy of Farad Muhammad and the concept of the Nation of Islam."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anti-Defamation League. "Nation of Islam." Retrieved April 25, 2009 from
  • Curtis, Edward E. Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam1960-1975. UNC Press, 2006.
  • DeCaro, Louis A. Malcolm and the Cross. NYU Press, 1998
  • Gardell, Mattias. In the Name of Elijah Muhammad. Duke University Press, 1996
  • Nation of Islam. "Brief History on the Origin of the Nation of Islam." Retrieved April 25, 2009 from

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The Nation of Islam (2011, October 09) Retrieved December 04, 2023, from

MLA Format

"The Nation of Islam" 09 October 2011. Web. 04 December. 2023. <>