Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas


Author: Sylviane A. Diouf
CERIS Faculty Readers' Forum choice for November 1, 2007.
A book retracing the influential footsteps of African Muslims in America. It asserts that Islam was clearly the first revealed religion followed by African slaves in the Americas. It describes their struggles in upholding practice of Islam, trying to return to Africa, preserving literacy through understanding the Quran, and resisting missionary pressures. It summarizes the enduring legacy of Islamic culture in African-American names, songs, rituals and religious ceremony.