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Believing in South CentralEveryday Islam in the City of Angels$
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Pamela J. Prickett

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226747149

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747316.001.0001

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“Money Is Funny”

“Money Is Funny”

The Marketplace

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(p.62) Chapter Three “Money Is Funny”
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Believing in South Central
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Pamela J. Prickett

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226747316.003.0004

This chapter shows how the legacy of the Nation of Islam continues to impact community life through informal economic activity at the mosque. Halal economic exchange went beyond a survival strategy; it provided a means to deepen piety by rising above the perceived moral fray of the neighborhood. But the networks of exchange at the mosque were closed, meaning the exchange was more a redistribution of existing limited resources than a method of generating new wealth within the community. This put believers into competition with one another and the organization itself, causing distrust that impacted the community’s growth.

Keywords:   informal economy, mosque, poverty

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