Rescuing a History From Obscurity

Robert Dannin's new book brings black Muslims out of the shadow of the Nation of Islam

To most Americans, the words "black Muslim" are less likely to suggest a peaceable, devout, orthodox worshiper than a young man in a business suit pushing copies of the Nation of Islam's Final Call at a subway station.

But relatively few of the hundreds of thousands of black Muslims in the United States have anything to do, or want anything to do, with the Nation of Islam and its history of