PRESS RELEASE: MAITLAND, FL(10/21/2013) — Curtis J. Tilleraas’s new book, This Side of Paradise: The Religious World of Elijah Muhammad ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-62230-348-9; $7.49, e-book, 978-1-62230-630-5) carefully examines the ‘religious world’ of Elijah Muhammad, the African American who created the theology of the Nation of Islam. The author expounds, “It is a theology that calls for the complete separation of the races, because the white race is not even human—it is, rather, Satan/the Devil incarnate.”
“My book gives readers an up close look at a religion that was made in America, and a god who was made in America, by a man who claimed to be a Muslim,” states the author. “Elijah Muhammad believed that there have been many gods, and that none of them were eternal and none have been a spirit. Elijah’s god (Allah) was a man who became known as Fard Muhammad, and he, Elijah Muhammad, the son of a Georgia sharecropper and Baptist preacher, was the Final Messenger of Allah.”
The author was asked; In what way do you feel you or your book is newsworthy? He said, “Most Americans do not even know his name, and yet at one time Elijah Muhammad was the most well-known black man in America. The name all Americans do know, Martin Luther King, Jr., was considered by Elijah Muhammad to be a great enemy of black Americans. My hope is that after reading my book, Christians and non-Christian Americans will have a greater understanding of the history of religion in America. Also, I believe that no one else has written a theological book that examines the ‘religious world’ of Elijah Muhammad, in light of both orthodox Islam and orthodox Christianity.”
Xulon Press is a division of Salem Communications,. Retailers may order This Side of Paradise: The Religious World of Elijah Muhammad, through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is also available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
Contact: Curtis J. Tilleraas