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Anders Ackfeldt

Anders Ackfeldt

Researcher

Anders Ackfeldt

The Semiotics of Malcolm X from Harlem to Tahrir

Author

  • Anders Ackfeldt

Summary, in English

With no ambition to provide a complete inventory, this article introduces
the reader to the ways in which Malcolm X and his legacy have been used
within US hip-hop music. The central argument is that US hip-hop artists,
since the birth of hip-hop, have been participating in the processes of
reinventing Malcolm X and his legacy by not only casting him as a symbol
of local African American resistance against racial inequalities, but also
by fashioning him as a global Sunni Muslim revolutionary by creatively
name-, image-, or sound-dropping him in different sound and visual settings.
More extensive usages mainly involve key quotes of Malcolm X or
lengthy sound bites of classic speeches. The usage of certain iconic photos
is comparable to key quotes as these are clearly meant to trigger established
associations. It is important to stress that the legacy of Malcolm
X and his political theology within hip-hop culture goes beyond national
borders, religious beliefs, and political goals.

Department/s

  • History of Religions and Religious Behavioural Science
  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

Publishing year

2020-03-30

Language

Swedish

Pages

47-61

Publication/Series

Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift

Volume

96

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Gleerups Utbildning AB

Topic

  • History of Religions

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0039-6761