Islam and the Challenge of Black Muslim Globalities in the 21st Century
Zain Abdullah is a cultural anthropologist and the author of Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem (Oxford University Press, 2010). His work focuses on the interplay of race, religion, and ethnicity. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Anthropological Quarterly, the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, the Journal of History and Culture, African Arts, the Middle East Journal, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and theJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Dr. Abdullah is associate professor in the Religion Department at Temple University and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. He has earned awards from the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the National Museum of African Art, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in New York City. A recipient of a Ford Foundation award for 2011-2012, he is working on a new book about Black Muslim conversion and the Nation of Islam in mid-century America.