Author: Michael Muhammad Knight
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (May 2007)
Pages: 328 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Sensationalized and reviled as the Hellís Angels of Black America, the Five Percenters (also known as the Nation of Gods and Earths) began as a cluster of outcasts from the Nation of Islamís Harlem mosque in the 1960s. Led by a man named Allah, the Five Percenters taught the cityís black youth that they were gods. From their marginalized beginnings, the Five Percentersí history has been charged with drama, spanning the war between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, the Attica prison revolt, Brooklyn turf gangs and 1980s crack empires, and now count high-profile hip-hop stars among their adherents. With unrivalled insider access to the movementís elders, oral tradition and community literature, Knight reveals the hidden reality behind the myths, rumours and hearsay, and explores the origins and development of this misunderstood community.
Michael Muhammad Knight converted to Islam at 16 after reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, and at 17 traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan to study at Faisal Mosque.