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The AliitesRace and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali$
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Spencer Dew

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226647968

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226648156.001.0001

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Introduction: “To Be Law-Abiders and Good Citizens”

Introduction: “To Be Law-Abiders and Good Citizens”

Drew Ali’s “Divine and National Movement”

(p.1) Introduction: “To Be Law-Abiders and Good Citizens”
The Aliites

Spencer Dew

University of Chicago Press

Noble Drew Ali preached a distinctive theory of "nationality," telling his followers that rather than "negro, black, or colored," they were actually Moorish. Recognition of this true identity would guarantee acceptance as full citizens of the USA, Ali taught, insisting that not only was this the case for all ethnic groups (all "nationalities") within the US, but that this was part of Allah-God's plan for humanity, wherein each "nationality" had its own distinct religion and prophet, flag and culture.

Keywords:   citizenship, nationality, sovereignty, Noble Drew Ali, Moorish Science Temple of America, race

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