Elijah Muhammad and the Supreme of Literacy explores how Elijah Muhammad framed the term literacy as contrasted with its generally known definitions and applications. The text frames a construct for understanding why Elijah Muhammad considered the science of literacy essential to the success of the Blackman and woman in America specifically, and people in general. It outlines the scriptural foundations of Muhammad’s teachings, drawn from both Bible and Qur’an. A detailed review of the course of study prescribed for his followers supplies Elijah Muhammad’s the unique perspective on both literacy and language. Examples of his study curricula are offered. A brief history of Muhammad’s own educational process is presented, with an emphasis on the pedagogy of literacy as practiced by Muhammad’s teacher, W.D. Fard. Material on the early educational focus of The Nation of Islam is introduced. And finally, general commentary on the teachings is made known through the lenses of three men in their role as teachers: W. D. Fard, teacher of Elijah Muhammad, Muhammad himself, and Minister Louis Farrakhan, student of Elijah Muhammad.
Lydia Magras Muhammad teaches composition, reading, and African American literature at Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago State University, and Purdue University.
Chapter 1: The Knowledge of God
Chapter 2: What Is Literacy?
Chapter 3: The Crucible of Elijah Muhammad
Chapter 4: Building a Nation
Chapter 5: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s Science of Literacy Curriculum
Chapter 6: In Search of Knowledge: Practical Application of The Lessons
Conclusion : Friendship in All Walks of Life
About the Author