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The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali

Spencer Dew


Noble Drew Ali, leader of the Moorish Science Temple of America movement in the early twentieth-century, taught that "citizenship is salvation." This book examines the legacy of Ali's thoughts on citizenship, law, and race in the MSTA and two other Aliite religions, the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah and the Nuwaubian Yamassee movement. In all three African American religious movements, members insist on an identity other than "negro, black, or colored" as a way of insisting upon full citizenship as a status. Thinkers within these religions also reiterate Ali's claims about citizenship as a proces ... More

Keywords: Noble Drew Ali, Moorish Science Temple of America, Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah, Nuwaubian Yamassee, Religion, Race, Law, Citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226647968
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226648156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Spencer Dew, author
Ohio State University