Wafubeh! I’ve always admired the work of PhD Jose V. Pimienta-Bey. He is well-respected in the Moorish American community and is known for his bright and positive personality. Dr. Pimienta-Bey is also admired for his thirst for knowledge and belief in the importance of education. It is due to such high standards that Dr. Pimienta-Bey has presented one of the best works about the Moorish American community to date.
Outside of traditional Moorish American literature, and what can be obtained from the M.S.T.A. itself, Othello’s Children In The New World: Moorish History & Identity In The African American Experience, is by far the best work for those interested in learning more about Moorish American culture and tradition. The description of Othello’s Children appears on Amazon as follows:
“In the early decades of the 20th century, a North Carolinian named Timothy Drew, established a political and religious organization known today as the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc (M.S.T.A.). Later referred to as ‘Prophet’ Noble Drew Ali, he would teach the so-called ‘Negro’ (‘Black’) public of the 1910’s and 20’s, that they were specifically ‘Moors,’ and that they needed to publicly declare their Moorish nationality and Islamic faith. Drew Ali insisted upon the designation of ‘Moor,’ while relatively few of his contemporaries understood or appreciated the logic of placing such emphasis upon a ‘Moorish’ nationality. With the exception of Shakespeare’s fictional ‘Othello,’ few ‘mainstream’ Americans knew anything of consequence concerning ‘Moors’ in any Western society. But before his passing in 1929, Ali’s Moorish Science Temples would expose ‘Negro’ Americans to historical information connecting them to a ‘Moorish’ identity. Using primarily a historical methodology and drawing directly from M.S.T.A. literature, this work explores the key postulates of the Moorish Science Temple movement. The study utilizes the pre-1929 official literature of the Moorish Science Temple: ‘The Moorish Koran,’ ‘The Koran Questions,’ and ‘The Moorish Literature.’ This study shows that the Moorish Science Temple provided valuable historical leads in understanding some of the more enigmatic and little known facts of American and World history, as they pertain to the Moors. Through the organizational texts one was told of the ancient African connections with the American continent, as well as the Moorish ‘Moslem’ (Muslim) presence in the pre-Columbian Americas.”
I had obtained this book over a decade ago and made the mistake of loaning it to someone who never returned it. When you obtain a copy of “Othello’s Children” be sure to that you keep the book on your “do not loan” list. Dr. Pimienta-Bey’s presentation is flawless. It’s not about trying to convince someone of an identity that is seldom known by the average American. Nor is it a writing that tries to find its place in the world by talking about Europeans. Dr. Pimienta-Bey is not the angry Moorish American. He is the educated one and Othello’s Children is worth the read for every American.
The book sells for less than twenty-dollars, but is compact with years of research. The Moorish Empire ruled a great portion of Europe for centuries and it is amazing that such a legacy is “forgotten” by all , except its descendants. Dr. Pimienta-Bey is able to light a candle of knowledge about the technology given to the world by the Moors during the Dark Ages and beyond.
This work is also of value for it brings to light, the Moorish legacy in America before the founding of the Moorish Science Temple in America. I’m giving Othello’s Children five stars out of five stars, not for its value to the Moorish American community, but as a resource for forgotten American history.