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Lindsey Stephenson

Critical Currents in Islam Page Co-Editor

Introduction: Roundtable on African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle

[Black Muslim leader Malcolm X addresses a crowd of about 1,000 persons at an outdoor rally in upper Manhattan, NY, August 10, 1963. He charged the government with

This roundtable on "African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle" convened five scholars from various disciplinary perspectives to discuss the legacy of Black Muslims in the United States and their contribution to the civil rights discussion within the country, and to human rights more generally. The respondents were asked to direct their responses to addressing some of the questions in the following prompt: African American Muslims have been involved ...

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Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle: An Interview with the After Malcolm Project


The After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle project is a unique digital archive initiative housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. By documenting and digitizing a range papers, records, audio and visual material, and oral histories, the project aims to increase the awareness of the role of Islam in the Black freedom struggle. We have invited the principal investigators, Professors Abbas Barzegar (Georgia State University) and Mansa Bilal Mark King ...

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Mipsterz: A Peripheral Debate?

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About a month ago, Mipsterz (that is, Muslim hipsters) released a video by one of their members entitled “Somewhere in America,” set to the tune of Jay Z’s song by the same name. The video features young Muslim American women “being themselves.” The video elicited a number of multifaceted reactions from within the Muslim American community, the majority of which were concerned with assimilation into American society. While some initial criticism spoke about the failure of ...

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The Political Underpinnings of Kuwaiti Sectarian Polemics

[2008 election poster in Kuwait. Image from author's archive]

I am hesitant to write about sectarianism because I once heard that writing about divisions only increases awareness of them and deepens them. But regional commentators—and some international ones—seem to be writing about sects in the Middle East in a purely polemical manner. However, the Kuwaiti case is instructive for understanding that sectarianism isn’t necessarily a fact of life in the Gulf, and that the polemics employed throughout the region at present, while they ...

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Lindsey Stephenson


Lindsey Stephenson is a doctoral candidate in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University. She works primarily on modern history of the Gulf and Indian Ocean, and has published on Kuwaiti politics and society. She is Co-Editor of the Critical Currents in Islam Page.