Edward Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro race


This is one of the major works of Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912), a pioneer of Pan-Africanist ideas – that people of African descent share a common history and destiny. In this volume he argues for the positive effects of Islam in West Africa. Blyden was born in the Caribbean and moved to Liberia in 1850 after a US theological college barred him on racial grounds. In Liberia, he became a scholar, politician and newspaper editor.

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Edward Wilmot Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro race (London: W. B. Whittingham, 1888, 2nd edition)
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Edward Wilmot Blyden
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