Dawn-Marie Gibson

Dawn-Marie Gibson


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My research focuses on African American Islam and Muslim communities in the US particularly the original Nation of Islam, the Imam W.D. Mohammed community and Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam.  My first book, ‘A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom’ was published by Praeger in April 2012. My second book, ‘Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam’ (co-authored with Professor Jamillah Karim) was published by New York University Press in early 2014. Women of the Nation examines how African American, Latina and Native American women have interpreted and navigated the NOI’s gender ideologies and practices in light of their multi-layered identities as women of ethnic minorities in America. The book also considers the various ways in which Nation members interact with women in the Imam W.D Mohammed community and Islamic organizations in the U.S.  “The Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan and the Men who follow him" was published by Palgrave in 2016 and “New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam (co-edited with Professor Herbert Berg) was published by Routledge in late 2017.  My forthcoming biography of Louis Farrakhan, "The Ministry of Louis Farrakhan in the Nation of Islam" will be published in Bloomsbury in 2023.  I have recently completed a co-edited book "The Obama Administration: Perceptions and Encounters Beyond America's Borders" (Bloomsbury).

I am a member of the Historians of Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS), the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and the Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW).  





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Recent and forthcoming conference / seminar papers:

"Imam W.D. Mohammed and the World Community of Al-Islam in the West: African American Islam after 1975" British Association for American Studies annual conference, 10-12 April 2024.

"Modest Fashions for Black Muslim Women: Virtue Today and fashion for women in Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam" Historically Underpresented Fashion and Style conference, Drexel University 27-28 October 2023

"Women and the Nation of Islam," Georgetown University, Qatar, 27 September 2021.

"A Nation divided: Race, Gender and Religion in Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam," Augsburg University, 2 June 2021.

"Black Muslim Social Activism and Outreach and interfaith activism," Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and civil society, Indiana University, 13-15 November 2020 

"African American Muslim Contributions to Philanthropy," Association for Research on Non-Profit organizations and voluntray action 49th Annual conference, 15 November 2020

"Interfaith Outreach in Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam," Religion in American Life Conference, University of East Anglia, 23-24 July 2019

“Mother Summayah Farrakhan and the Garveyite Child,” Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference, University of Reading, 5 July 2019

"The Garveyite Child: Minister Louis Farrakhan's Early Life and Career," Historians of Twentieth-Century United States Annual Conference (HOTCUS), Liverpool John Moores University, 12-14 June 2019

 "Writing Gender History and Biography," Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics, 29 January 2019.

"African American Islam and Gender" Integrating Gender into Historical Research: A Workshop for Historians, London School of Economics, 11 May 2018

"Black, Female and Muslim: Nation Women's Voices in the Final Call Newspaper" Women and Religion Conference, Queen's University Belfast, 9-10 March 2018

"Elijah Muhammad Studies Symposium," Praire View A&M University, Texas, 24 June 2017

"Elijah Muhammad's Original Fruit of Islam," Historians of Twentieth-Century United States (HOTCUS) Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 16-18 June 2017

“Louis Farrakhan’s Fruit of Islam” British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, 7-9 April 2016.

  “The Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan and the men who follow him” Research History Seminar, University of Ulster, 3 February 2016

  “The Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan and the men who follow him” American History Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 2 February 2016

“Black Muslim Men on Faith, Family and the American Ummah” British Association for American Studies annual conference, Northumbria University, 9-12 April 2015

“For and About You:  Nation Women and the Final Call Newspaper” History of Feminism Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, 19 March 2015

“Uncertain times in the Nation of Islam’s past and present” Information Network on New Religious Movements Public Seminar, London School of Economics, 7-8 February 2015

 “Faith, Family and Community in Nation Women’s Narratives” Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, Georgia, MD, 4 February 2015

 “Malcolm X's Religion” Malcolm X at Oxford Union Conference, University of Oxford, 3 December 2014



Research interests

African American religious history

African American Islam

Women's leadership in Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality