The 'Negro' in Arab-Muslim Conciousness

The 'Negro' in Arab-Muslim Conciousness

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The 'Negro' in Arab-Muslim Conciousness
Friday 19 April 2019
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Hosted by the Lamppost Education Initiative, the 2nd annual Black American Muslim Conference in Atlanta, Georgia was a gathering of some of the brightest minds in America today. Scholars, leaders, and entrepreneurs joined members of the wider community to share ideas and discuss what it means to be black and living in America in the 21st Century.
Held at the prestigious Georgia World Congress Center over 3 days, the conference brought together leading black Americans with the aim to educate and inform the black and non-black communities about the trials and tribulations faced by the black man throughout history, especially in North America.
Among the panellists was author Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali who launched his seminal work The ‘Negro’ in Arab-Muslim Consciousness, a deeply compelling study into the perceptions of the ‘Negro’ in the Arab world.
About the book: What is the ‘negro’? Who qualifies? What is its Arabic equivalent? And, what did pre-modern writers mean by it? There is a common belief that the ‘negro’ refers to any “black” person of sub-Saharan African heritage. Historians, however, often differentiate between the Moor, the Nubian, the Ethiopian, the Kushite, and the Negro. Why this distinction if all “black” Africans and those of African heritage presumably belong to a common pedigree?’
A particular aim of this work is to underscore how racial conceptions and perceptions can and have influenced aesthetic standards, social inclusion, and legal norms. The work also demands that its reader reconsider any preset ideas about reified races, which contributes to confusion about the dynamics of race and racism in current times.
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is the Founding Director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He serves as an assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). He holds a PhD. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an MA in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He also served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.

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