American Caliph, by Shahan Mufti

Staff Pick

9/11 and January 6 are forever associated with atrocious acts of domestic terrorism. Here, Mufti makes the case that March 9 also belongs on this list of infamous dates. On that day in 1977, the Hanafi Movement, a splinter Black Muslim group, raided three DC locations simultaneously. A reporter was killed, Marion Barry (then a DC Council Member) was shot, and 149 people were held hostage at gun- and knife-point. Despite bringing the city to a screeching halt and making national and international headlines, the event has largely been forgotten--something this page-turner rectifies by walking us through how and why the whole thing went down, and what it means today.


American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC By Shahan Mufti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374208585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 22nd, 2022