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Arab-American and Muslim Writers (Multicultural Voices) by Rebecca Layton

By Rebecca Layton

Arab-American and Muslim Writers discusses the authors from this wealthy background that experience made lasting contributions to the yankee literary panorama. Authors comparable to Claire Messud, Mohja Kahf, Samuel Hazo, Malcolm X, Amiri Baraka, and Kahlil Gibran are one of the profiled during this new providing, which additionally covers the now-canonical works usually assigned in school rooms this day.

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Tales are stories—I like the old sound to it, tale.  . ” Looking back on his time as an activist, Baraka is like a cultural historian, sharing his version of events in the same way that an African griot carries the collective memory of the tribe in an oral storytelling tradition. ” They span the 1970s to the 1980s and address the time when Baraka was actively involved in political organizing. Many of the stories in the section speak to the erratic, charged tenor of the time, both in the relationship between the organizers and the world at large and the relations among the political activists themselves.

In this poem, the act of sailing together toward the horizon, where “nothing but the sun stands still,” is what endures: We share the sweeter alphabets of laughter and the slower languages of pain. Common as coal, we find in one another’s eyes the quiet diamonds that are worth the world. Drawn by the song of our keel, what are we but horizons coming true? ” In this metaphor, the sailor’s faith in his boat is what keeps the couple’s love steady and true. In another poem about marriage, “How Married People Argue,” there is a more pragmatic view of love presented.

Eventually, Malcolm was given a car to drive, so that he could continue his “fishing” for the Nation of Islam around the country. Malcolm made a point of not getting close to the women who shared his faith, and his preaching was often biting toward women. ” Though he tried to avoid marriage, he eventually decides to ask Betty X—without any romantic overtures—to marry him. They eventually have four daughters. In 1959, a television documentary program was produced on the Nation of Islam called “The Hate That Hate Produced,” which set off a firestorm of media coverage, both national and international: It was hot, hot copy, both in the white and the black press.

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