Title

Narrative Inversion: Identity Construction in the Nation of Islam

Presenter

Emma Thompson

Abstract

The Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group, proclaimed a cosmology that inverted the racist narrative of white supremacy by positing that the original humans were black and that white people are devils created by a mad scientist. I trace how the Nation of Islam’s narrative changed during the 1960s and 1970s in response to the Civil Rights Movement, Pan-Africanism and rejection from other Muslims.

Faculty Sponsor

Lauren Osborne

Sponsor Department/Programs

Religion

Tracks

Politics of Church and State

Location

Science 100

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Narrative Inversion: Identity Construction in the Nation of Islam

Science 100

The Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group, proclaimed a cosmology that inverted the racist narrative of white supremacy by positing that the original humans were black and that white people are devils created by a mad scientist. I trace how the Nation of Islam’s narrative changed during the 1960s and 1970s in response to the Civil Rights Movement, Pan-Africanism and rejection from other Muslims.