The Moorish Science Temple of America: A Study Exploring the Foundations of African American Islamic Thought and Culture
Pinn, Anthony B.
Doctor of Philosophy
One of the reasons religious studies is important to the academic process is because it seeks to understand the intricacies of well known human systems of meaning. Also important is research on those religious systems not well known. Herein lies the purpose of this dissertation, to exam a religious movement within the African American community, which has not received the academic attention it deserves, the Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc. (MSTA). Therefore, the primary thesis for this dissertation: to expand the current study of African American Islam to include the intricacies of the movement and organization of the MSTA through attention to primary materials and secondary literature.
Moorish Science Temple of America; Noble Drew Ali; African American Islam; African American religion