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Music: Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Rap: United States of America
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Introduction

Islam has long been a driving force in histories of rap music and hip hop culture, in large part because of the religion’s strong roots in Black communities in the United States. Since its inception in the urban landscapes of the Bronx and other New York neighborhoods in the early 1970s, various forms of Islamic ideology and discourse have deeply informed the construction …

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Chan-Malik, Sylvia, “Music: Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Rap: United States of America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0701>
First published online: 2011



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