This chapter examines the history of Black Orientalism and its relation to African American Muslims and American Islam. It describes and criticizes three typologies of Black Orientalism, including National Black Orientalism, Academic Black Orientalism and Religious Black Orientalism. It discusses the manifestations of Black Orientalism as seeking to cast the Arab/Muslim world as a precursor and then imitator of the West in the latter's history of anti-blackness, and as rendering the Muslim world not only as the source of anti-black racism, but also of the of the most toxic reactions to this which continued to infect the otherwise civil approach of non-Muslim Black Americans long after the propriety and usefulness of black radicalism in America had passed.
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