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Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) [Hardcover]

Saladin Ambar

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27 Mar 2014 Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities
In 1964 Malcolm X was invited to debate at the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University. The topic of debate that evening was the infamous phrase from Barry Goldwater's 1964 Republican Convention speech:"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." At a time when Malcolm was traveling widely and advocating on behalf of blacks in America and other nations, his thirty minute speech at the Oxford Union stands out as one of the great addresses of the civil rights era. Delivered just months before his assassination, the speech followed a period in which Malcolm had traveled throughout Africa and much of the Muslim world. The journey broadened his political thought to encompass decolonization, the revolutions underway in the developing world, and the relationship between American blacks and non-white populations across the globe-including England. Facing off against debaters in one of world's most elite institutions, he delivered a revolutionary message that tackled a staggering array of issues: the nature of national identity; US foreign policy in the developing world; racial politics at home; the experiences of black immigrants in England; and the nature of power in the contemporary world. It represents a moment when his thought had advanced to its furthest point, shedding the parochial concerns of previous years for an increasingly global and humanist approach to ushering in social change. Set to publish near the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Malcolm X at Oxford Union will reshape our understanding not only of the man himself, but world politics both then and now.


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It is no mean feat to engage the reader's attentin for 170 pages on a speech that is reproduced in a mere 11, and Ambar is to be congratulated on pulling it off [...] We still find ourselves asking just what, in the months leading up to his (Malcom X) assasination, did he stand for? This book certainly helps us to answer that question. Hakim Adi, Times Higher Education

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Saladin Ambar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University and author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So Enlightening 23 April 2014
By Lorely - Published on Amazon.com
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As a student who is a huge fan of Malcolm X, I've always searched for a book that tackled his Oxford Union debate, and I am more than glad that I found a book that does just that. Dr. Ambar highlights many things about Malcolm X which are very intriguing and the readers can get a clear picture of how England and the US were in 1964. You see the intellectual growth that Malcolm X goes under along with just how he approached certain issues. Towards the end of the novel (as a reader) your understanding of politics definitely gets reshaped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air 3 April 2014
By Zora N. - Published on Amazon.com
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I rate this text highly because of its methodology and style. It is accessible for all level of readership. What is new is the thorough coverage of Malcolm's international persona and a clear delineation of his intellectual growth. I think readers will be fascinated by the comparisons of England, Paris and the US in 1964. Students will find Ambar's roadmap for historical research a teaching session.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history that encapsulates the unique intellectual ability of Malcolm ... 31 July 2014
By T. Bandele - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent history that encapsulates the unique intellectual ability of Malcolm X, especially while under tremendous pressure from both U.S. intelligence agencies and individuals within the Nation of Islam.
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