Review of “Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem” by Zain Abdullah


  • Imogen Spray University of Auckland



The African, Black Mecca, Ethnography, Muslim


This article aims to review the book with the title of Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem by Zain Abdullah. Abdullah’s (2010) Mec Black Mecca ’adds to the growing body of literature on Islam influenced by the post-modernists' challenges to neo-Orientalist Western representations of Islam (Al Azmeh 1993: 140). They are called for a historicized and contextualized view of Islam and Muslims, steering away from essentializing identity politics. Abdullah's (2010) thick ethnography, or as he describes it, "narrative style," presents a variety of anecdotes and experiences along gendered, class, and generational lines, with a common Muslim orientation towards environment and experiences.


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How to Cite

Spray, I. (2020). Review of “Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem” by Zain Abdullah. ETNOSIA : Jurnal Etnografi Indonesia, 5(1), 1 - 4.



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