Since the 1960s there has been a rapid and phenomenal increase of people in the West embracing Islām and the majority of those in the West who are turning to Islām are people of African origin in the UK and the USA. At the same time, Afrocentric ideology has also spread in the West which has, since the 1970s, argued that Islām itself was a religion of Arab conquerors that plundered Africa to the detriment of the African peoples themselves and this (Kemet Afrocentricity, various Hebrew Israelite cults or ‘black Orientalism’) has emerged to counter this growth of people of African origin turning to Islām.
Defining Legends will critically evaluate mainstream black Orientalism and extremist Afrocentric claims about Islām and bring new evidence to challenge their false assumptions. The documentary evidence presented in some Afrocentric literature about Islām will be analysed and dismissed where necessary. This study will mainly dismiss the anti-Islamic trend within some Afrocentric perceptions of Islām along with recourse to more corroborated criteria and demonstrate the incoherence of their arguments against Islām. Defining Legends also demonstrates how much of Afrocentric thought regarding Islām is in fact entrenched in a Eurocentric origin, therefore based upon anti-Islamic European Christian, Freemasonic and Zionist sources.
This book originally consisted of 75 pages during the year 1999, growing to its current size due to the author adapting, rejecting and supplementing material and reflecting upon the core themes of the book.