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The Promise of Patriarchy

Women and the Nation of Islam (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

By Ula Yvette Taylor

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Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Other Information: 13 halftones
Published In: United States, 09 October 2017
The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization's men, who were fiercely committed to these masculine roles. Black women's experience in the NOI, however, has largely remained on the periphery of scholarship. Here, Ula Taylor documents their struggle to escape the devaluation of black womanhood while also clinging to the empowering promises of patriarchy. Taylor shows how, despite being relegated to a lifestyle that did not encourage working outside of the home, NOI women found freedom in being able to bypass the degrading experiences connected to labor performed largely by working-class black women and in raising and educating their children in racially affirming environments. Telling the stories of women like Clara Poole (wife of Elijah Muhammad) and Burnsteen Sharrieff (secretary to W. D. Fard, founder of the Allah Temple of Islam), Taylor offers a compelling narrative that explains how their decision to join a homegrown, male-controlled Islamic movement was a complicated act of self-preservation and self-love in Jim Crow America.
EAN: 9781469633923
ISBN: 1469633922
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.06 centimetres
Age Range: 15+ years
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