Academic Research

Academic Research 2019-08-07T03:42:04-08:00


In 1914, Fred Dodd, known now as W.D. Fard, briefly married Pearl (or Pearle) Allen.[1] [2] Just over five months later, on September 23rd, 1914, Fard and Pearl Allen divorced. The divorce petition suggests that Fard objected to Pearl’s lifestyle; namely, her drinking, partying, and her [...]

Arabic Manuscript

Despite the influence of Sharīf al-Murtaḍā’s Amālī, the paratextual features of its manuscript copies are seldom discussed. This paper compares such features in two 17th and 19th-century manuscripts.   Abstract A number of Sharīf al-Murtaḍā’s (d.436/1044) al-Amālī are available to us [...]

Numerous studies of Mamlūk books congeal around luxury manuscripts. Doris Behrens-Abouseif’s monograph offers a new window into the production and reception of ordinary books in the Mamlūk world.[...]

The relationship between Malcolm X and the Twelve Imams of Ahl al-Bayt has so far been little-known even though it may have shaped a significant aspect of Malcolm's religious and political worldview.[...]

Paul is a controversial figure at the center of Christian-Muslim dialogue. While many contemporary Muslims are critical of Paul, history paints a more nuanced picture.[...]

sayyid al-himyari zahra jiwan

Sayyid al-Himyari’s poetry is some of the most famous in the Arabic language. This article explores some of the theological concepts that could be extracted from one of his pieces.   Abstract This article provides a detailed commentary on a poem attributed to al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī (d. [...]


The identity of Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, has puzzled scholars for decades. A new book by John Andrew Morrow may help us better determine his origins.[...]

jahiliyya prophethood

A cross-pollination of religious influences in pre-Islamic Arabia resulted in a budding monotheistic tradition and conception of prophethood.[...]

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