"...Mattias Gardell's new book 'In the Name of Elijah Muhammad' is highly impotant because it takes on several previously unexplored questions which anyone seeking to gain a clearer understanding of the organization would welcome. While this book certainly opens Farrakahn up to a larger public interrogation, it is done in an evenhanded manner. Early on, Gardell makes mention of Farrakahn's advice that he should conduct the investigation from every angle, 'and shun no effort to be objective.' To a large extent, the book accomplishes a balanced examination of the Nation of Islam and Minister Louis Farrakhan.[read more]
'In the Name of Elijah Muhummad' is by far the most extensive account of the Nation of Islam and its present patriarch Farrakhan. The reader will begin to appreciate the great lengths Gardell goes through to uncover information around the NOI that has until now been heavily neglected by previous scholars. Gardell's knowledgeable background in religion and an unusual knack for details in investigating issues on black popular culture makes this a resourceful book."Gardell, Mattias is the author of 'In the Name of Elijah Muhammad Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam' with ISBN 9780822318453 and ISBN 0822318458.