THE TRUE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF MALCOLM
(El Hajj Malik El
ed. by Y.N. Kly
ISBN: 0-932863-03-5, 104 pp., 1986, $9.95
Now in its sixth printing, this highly popular book on the great
African-American Muslim illustrates the influence of his Islamic faith and his
international experience upon his constantly expanding political vision. The
first to present a comprehensive analysis that integrates the developing vision
of the man, Malcolm X, with the man he became, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, it
provides an in-depth analysis of Malcolm's directives on why the
African-American struggle for national liberation and self-determination is
necessary, how it should be carried on, and why it can succeed.
"Numerous works have been written on the life and ideals of Malcolm X by a
marxist, liberal, communist, capitalist or Black Power follower which,
obviously, paid scant regard to the total Islamic commitment of Malcolm X.
Therefore, this contribution by a Muslim to clarify and analyze in depth the
ideals of Malcolm X on the basis of the Qur'an and Sunnah is long overdue... Kly
makes an excellent comparative study of Malcolm's ideological moorings in
Islam... Highly recommended to any serious radical scholar..."
Jamalludien Ahmed Hamdulah, Muslim Views, South
"Given the Black Americans' parochial experiences of disparate allocation of
resources, Kly is acutely sensitive to the underdevelopment that, as he
perceives, the America-centered capitalist system consciously inflicted upon
Afro-Asian countries... Dr. Kly in 1986 still views Marxism-tinted Muslim
leaders like Nasser, Ben Bella and Ahmad Sekou Toure, like the non-Muslims
Nelson Mandela and Ho Chi Minh, as successful national liberation leaders who
mobilized masses with techniques that matched the "imperialist" powers'
sophistication. However, Kly's own careful observation of Algeria, where he
taught, perhaps bears fruit in his sharp characterization of the new Islamist
protest movements of the 1970s and 1980s: these have rejected not just the
Western powers and rightist regimes frankly allied to them but also
left-nationalist ones more guided by Marx than Islam. He projects 'reawakening
Islam' as a 'third ideological force' that many in the Asian and African
countries seize as a road to rapid holistic change and development."
Dr. Dennis Walker, Holiday, Bangladesh
"The Islamic force tends to act against nationalism as introduced by western
European development and socialism as introduced in the development of the USSR
and China. It is both anti-nationalist and anti-materialistic. All aspects of
societal life are viewed as an integral part of the whole, the din, the
one God. Thus all aspects of life in the state must be theoretically harmonized
so as to achieve spiritual peace, happiness and total submission to the will of
one God. Both the governing elite and masses are theoretically equalized by
rules and principles from outside of society (the Qur'an and Sunnah)..."
from The Black Book: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm
"The Black Book is carefully being passed from hand to hand or from
heart to heart..."
Abdulla Babayide Abdulla, Nigeria
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