'Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective' by Amina waddy "Got on my knees and said Amen and said Ameen,"says Beyoncé in Lemonade, referencing the influence Islam has had on the Black American community throughout our history in the United States. This work, by Black American Islamic scholar Amina Wadud, further explores femininity and the word of God. -Elle
In 1984, Ron & Dan Lafferty murdered the wife & infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were brutal & the brothers' claim they were acting on direct orders from God. While the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable by rejecting polygamy, mormon fundamentalists continue to believe original doctrines. When their beliefs are challenged or their patriarchal, cult-like order defied, these fundamentalists are capable of fighting back with tremendous violence.
In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.