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Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 28, 2013 at 13:28

Did I over read what event defines the 1975 divide of the story? As far as I can research it was Elijah Muhammad who died in 1975.

I find this quite a remarkable story. It illustrates how movements, such as African American Islam, that appear to be mainstream today and believed to be founded centuries ago on tradition are in fact the creation of few odd people who died just recently. I learn, it is wiser to ask the "who", "how", and "when"-questions rather than the "why"-question.

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Elijah Muhammad died in 1975 and was succeeded by his son W. Deen Mohammed.

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