Illuminating the Blackness presents the history of Brazil's race relations and African Muslim heritage. The book is separated into two parts. Part I explores the issue of race, white supremacy, colourism, beauty and affirmative action in contemporary Brazil. Part II examines the reported African Muslims' travels to Brazil before the Portuguese, the slave military revolts in Bahia and the West African Muslim communities in nineteenth century Brazil.
The author explores the black consciousness movement in Brazil and examines the reasons behind the growing conversion to Islam amongst Brazilians, particularly those of African descent. The author also shares his insights into the complexities of race in Brazil and draws comparisons with the racial histories of the pre-modern Muslim world including a comparative analysis of the East African Zanj slave rebellions in ninth century Baghdad with the West African Hausa and Yoruba slave rebellions in nineteenth century Bahia.
About The Author
Habeeb Akande is a British-Nigerian writer, sexologist, and historian. He is the author of seven published books on race and sex in African and Muslim cultures.
His main research interest include women's sexual rights, eroticism. and the female orgasm in Islam and African cultures. As a public speaker, erotologist and cross-cultural sex educator, Habeeb carries out workshops on the clitoris, kunyaza, and female ejaculation at international conferences and leading universities. He featured in the BBC documentary, The Orgasm Gap (2020), which explored teaching female pleasure in Rwanda and the UK.
He is a chartered accountant by profession and former student of Islamic law at al-Azhar University in Egypt.