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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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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum

Drew Ali’s Democratic Theology

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The Aliites

Spencer Dew

University of Chicago Press

This chapter grounds Noble Drew Ali's understandings of pluralism and democracy in the political and social scene of 1920s Chicago. Expanding on Ali's understanding of American democracy, this chapter argues that Ali's system, by universalizing difference, leveled it. Two other Aliite religions (the Nuwaubian Yamassee and the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah) are introduced as well, sharing with the Moorish Science Temple of America an understanding of American secularism as, in fact, a sacred order, designed by Allah.

Keywords:   Democracy, Secularism, e pluribus unum, Chicago, Noble Drew Ali, Moorish Science Temple of America

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