Mackay Lecture to Present Religious Studies Author

St. Lawrence University will host Michael Muhammad Knight as the guest speaker for the 2018 Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will follow.

Knight is the author of 11 books, including Why I am a Five Percenter and Why I am a Salafi. His work has been translated into several languages and even adapted into film. His 12th book, Muhammad: Forty Introductions, is forthcoming in later 2018. 

He will present his lecture, titled “Is Allah a Muslim? Five Percenters, Islam, and Blackness,” in which he explores the origins and development of this controversial community and reveals the hidden reality behind the myths, rumors, and hearsay. Knight’s work is a detailed account of the movement inextricably linked with black empowerment, Islam, New York, and hip-hop. Containing unrivalled insider access to the movement’s elders, oral histories, and community literature, he uncovers the Five Percenters’ icons and heritage, and examines their growing influence in urban American youth culture.

Knight earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and is an assistant professor in religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida.

For more information, please contact the Department of Religious Studies at 315-229-5130.