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As-Salaamu-Alaikum: The Invincibility of Islam in Jamaica Heritage

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Afroz,Sultana (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Spring/Summer, 2007
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, African diaspora, Maroons, Religion, Islam, Fugitive slaves
Investigates the Islamic heritage of the Maroon societies in Jamaica and the Islamic nature of the Baptist Rebellion which brought an end to slavery in Jamaica and in the British West Indies. The Maroons are the enslaved Muslims who took flight or ran away from plantations in Jamaica. An overview of the African diaspora in the Americas, including Jamaica and the West Indies is presented. The strong Islamic faith of the Maroons are manifested in their use of Qur'anic terms, Islamic salutation, Islamic governance, Muslim names and Islamic actions.