5 thoughts on “Black Star, Crescent Moon

  1. This is a fantastic and challenging work. I wish I had more stars to give in this review.

    I picked up this book when I saw it featured in AJAM’s book club. The introduction immediately pulled me in and fascinated me. Daulatzai illustrates the commonalities of American foreign policy with domestic policies toward black communities, and the corresponding internationalization of Muslim liberation movements, by way of popular culture texts (speeches, film & media, lyrics) and academic analysis of

  2. The connection between black and Muslim subject is not limited to white supremacist discourse, state violence, and shared racialization, but is equally evident in the “political and cultural history of Black Islam, Black radicalism, and the Muslim Third World.” Herein lies the focus of Sohail Daulatzai’s Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (University of Minnesota Press 2012), a very important work that pushes readers to look at resistance, to loo

  3. This is one of those rare books that exists at the nexus of everything I find most compelling: hip-hop music and culture, post-9/11 geopolitics, cultural criticism, Black political radicalism and 3rd world post-colonialism. The author does a brilliant job of illuminating the oft-suppressed history of Black solidarity with 3rd world causes in the United States, most popularly exemplified in the figure of Malcolm X but possessing a long and storied history in and of itself.

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  4. I don’t know too much about this specific topic, and the book was very specific, so I don’t feel like it is fair for me to write a comment, but I will regardless. Black Star, Crescent Moon was very interesting, insightful, and it did open up my perspective on issues of Black Power and Islam. It was a very easy read, though at times was a little repetitive (to be expected in academic writing I suppose). Since reading this book, I have been searching around for similar books, so I guess that is a

  5. I read this book a total of 3 times and had the pleasure of discussing it with the author. It provides an in-depth account of Malcolm’s role in the Black Muslim community. Each chapter exposes the realities of living in the United States and also ties the era of colonialism to black struggle of today. Why Malcolm? Why is Malcolm such a prominent figure? The author breaks down these questions and gives an answer that I, myself, had never realized growing up learning about Malcolm through only Ame

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