With Obama in the White House, and Al Qaeda's view of American culture and what pushes our buttons, I've wondered if Malcom X isn't going to have a sort of renaissance as an American cultural icon.
An online biography of Malcom X starts with "African American civil rights leader Malcolm X was a major twentieth-century spokesman for black nationalism," and discusses his commitment to 'Black Muslims,' or Lost-Found Nation of Islam. And now, apparently, 'American Muslim Mission' and 'Nation of Islam.'
I was reminded of Ayman al-Zawahri's invocation of Malcolm X, when a fellow-blogger commented on a previous post:
"I think the Somali have the right to hajik the Saudi Ship and rest of world are dumping waste in somali coastal. Ironically, the world is not talking about how the Saudi GOV flowing money in somali just to preach its ideology. This lady I think she is working with the CIA, and we should do backgraound check on her.
"November 27, 2008 1:26 AM
I was intrigued by kingnour's assertion that "rest of world are dumping waste in somali coastal." His Blogger profile identified kingnour as "nour ali," a 20-something student in a midwestern state, here America.
I'm taking the liberty of quoting his About Me entry:
August 22, 2009 - A note from this blogger
An anonymous person claiming to be "kingour" left two comments on this post. The most important assertion Anonymous made was that I might have violated Google TOS by quoting from his public online profile. This is possible, although I have found no such a restriction or rule in Google's Terms Of Service.
However, I see that I have violated my own standards, by providing enough information in this post to identify "kingnour" - and, particularly considering the irrational attitude held by some Americans toward people who aren't 'real Americans' (by their dubious standards) , I'm redacting this post.
Too bad, since "kingnour" did a find job of explaining a philosophy - and giving a look at the beliefs of a Muslim living (temporarily, it seems) in America.
A paraphrase of what "kingnour" about himself said is that he relies of meditation in Allah, reason and sound logic, love, and enthusiasm. He also had good things to say about faith, sorrow, contemplation, knowledge, patience and submission to the Divine Will. Also prayer.
Obviously, I'm leaving quite a bit out: but that's the point of this redaction.
I don't think that retaining his reading list is potentially harmful, however, so I'm retaining that.
Anonymous - assuming that this is the same person - clarified some points he'd brought up. You'll find that in the comments.
His favorite books include
- "THE NOBLE QURAAN"
- "Nahj al-Balaghah ( Imam Ali (A.S.)Social Justice in Islam"
- "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
- "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East"
- "Hegemony Or Survival: America's quest for global dominance By Noam Chomsky"
Barack Obama isn't Malcolm XAs one of the great figures of the civil rights movement, I think that Malcolm X will be mentioned quite a bit during the next few years. Mostly in comparison with President Barack Obama, and particularly since quite a few people seem convinced that the War on Terror is a matter of America declaring war on Islam.
The president-elect, despite his somewhat colorful preferences in college professors, is no Malcolm X, and - arguably - no Marxist either. Both of which will probably disappoint quite a few people: on several ends of the political spectrum.
- "Ayman al-Zawahri's Islam and American Culture: Common Ground, Almost"
(November 28, 2008)
- "More Good Advice for Barack Obama: From Islamist Groups This Time"
(November 8, 2008)
- "Marxism: It Looks So Good on Paper "
Starting a Small Business Without Losing My Mind (October 28, 2008)