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Annuit Cœptis

Annuit Cœptis

Recognition, Authority, and Law

(p.66) 03 Annuit Cœptis
The Aliites
Spencer Dew
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Aliite engagement with recognized sources of state authority and the ways Aliites court favor by claiming—and offering evidence of—past recognition by the state, from the citation of the original MSTA's state registration paperwork as proof of endorsement of Ali's mission to the citation, by Washitaw, of an imagined Supreme Court precedent they call “the 1848 Supreme Court Case” “United States v. Henry Turner’s Heirs.” After consideration of Aliite emphasis on the Supreme Court’s actual decision in Dred Scott v. Stanford, which is widely read by Aliites as authorizing the ongoing legal exclusion of “negroes” from citizenship in the United States, the chapter concludes with a caution about describing Aliite use of legal texts as “magical” and consideration of how Aliite examples can contribute to contemporary academic criticism of the politics of recognition.

Keywords:   politics of recognition, state authority, Moorish Science Temple of America, Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah, Nuwaubian Yamassee, magic, fetishism

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