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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This au ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published October 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1965)
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Rowena
“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” - Malcolm X

In High School my history syllabus covered just a few pages on African-American civil rights heroes. The majority of those pages were on Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X was barely mentioned. After reading this book I was
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Isaac
Mar 27, 2008 Isaac rated it it was amazing
This book counts for a lot. Cornel West says that one of the deepest fears for black America is that Malcolm X was fundamentally right, that the political system here is incapable of being changed through traditional means in order to serve the black community what they are due. "What are they due?" asks the conservative... A share in the incredible wealth of the country that they have labored to build for hundreds of years, often against their own will, answers the REALIST... self-actualization ...more
Wes Morgan
Dec 16, 2007 Wes Morgan rated it really liked it
This is the life story of Malcolm Little, later Malcolm X, later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. As are most white people in this country, I was led to believe that Malcolm X was just an angry, militant racist who wanted to kill white people in the same way that angry, militant racists in the South want to kill black people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This book, more than any other I've read, opened my eyes to see how the innate racism in our country works and affects the people it is mos
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❁ بــدريــه ❁



" لم أكن لأكتب مذكراتي إلا لأخبر الناس إني
كنت في أسفل سافلين، وفي قاع المجتمع إلى
أن اهتديت إلى الله والإسلام ، فتغيّر مجرى حياتي"

٭ مذكرات مالكوم إكس، لم يكتبها بنفسه ، بل
أملاها على المؤلف الشهير أليكس هايلي .
حوت على العديد من مآسيه مع التمييز
العنصري و التحولات في حياته .



يقول مالكوم إكس : " اﻹسلام هو الذي أعطاني
اﻷجنحة التي أحلق بها "

شخصية ملهمة و مناضلة .. السيرة التي كانت
مرهقة بالنسبة لي و أخذت وقت طويل مني لإنهائها
إلا أنني إستمتعتُ بقراءتها وتأثرت بها ..

مالكوم المناضل ضد العبودية و العن
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طَيْف
Apr 19, 2013 طَيْف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أكتب مراجعتي فور انتهائي من قراءة الكتاب وإتباعه بمشاهدة الفيلم الوثائقي الذي أعدته الجزيرة عن هذه الشخصية الاستثنائية

أكتبها وتأثير تلك الصفحات ما زال غضا طريا...والمشاعر المتخبطة والمتضاربة تضج بداخلي...فرحا باهتدائه للحق...وألما على نهايته وخروج نعشه من باب الكنيسة...حزنا على خاتمة رجل عظيم تم اختزالها...وحبا لشخصية تركت أثرا وعاشت تحولا لا مثيل له

ذاك هو مالكوم إكس أو مالكوم ليتل، أو الحاج مالك الشباز، أعظم مدافع عن حقوق السود في مجتمع يتسيده الأمريكي الأبيض، الذي كان يمارس غطرسته وعنجهيته وظ
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Aubrey
“If Malcolm X were not a Negro, his autobiography would be little more than a journal of abnormal psychology, the story of a burglar, dope pusher, addict and jailbird—with a family history of insanity—who acquires messianic delusions and sets forth to preach an upside-down religion of ‘brotherly’ hatred.”

-Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 12, 1965
Sensationalist, yes? Reminiscent of certain responses to Twelve Years a Slave winning multiple Academy Awards at this year's Oscars, and this is nearly fi
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شروق مباركي
من العظيم جداً ليس فقط أن تتبع مسيرة شخص كملكوم إكس من مولده حتى وفاته
من المهم أن ندرك أنه ثمة مفاهيم معينة لابد أن نمررها لأنفسنا بصورة و اضحة و للآخرين
التحول الجذري في حياة ملكوم إكس ما تم إلا بشعلة ذكاء كانت مستقرة في داخله و نمت بعناية الله
وان كانت بطريقة خاطئة لزمن طويل ما كان إلا اثنا عشر عاماً قضاها يلهث خلف إيمانه بشخص
أدركت خطورة الإيمان أكثر عبر هذا الكتاب

الإيمان المطلق يعمي العقل و القلب عن كل الحقائق التي لربما يرسلها الله كل يوم لك ,
في النهاية كل يوم يضيف لنا شيء ما , حسبي على
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Hasham Rasool
Apr 21, 2016 Hasham Rasool rated it it was amazing
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh to all my brothers and sisters of Islam, May Allah blessing you all. Ameen. Hello everyone.

I love this book Alhamdulillah. I think The Autobiography of Malcolm X is one of the important non-fiction books.

Everyone this book is a must read!

I need to tell people who haven't taught by Islam. Elijah Muhammad was not the Messenger of Allah because Allah said there is no Prophet will come after Prophet Muhammad SAW. Prophet Muhammad SAW was the last Mess
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Chris
I'm in such awe of this book and the man behind it that I don't think I can really give it a fair review. I came late to Malcolm X - I didn't pick up his autobiography until I was twenty-five, during my third year teaching in the Bronx. He manages to so clearly articulate the injustice and anger that results from racism in America, and at the same time is unflinchingly honest regard his own life and his own failings. Following the progression of his thought and philosophy changed the way I thoug ...more
Huda Aweys
يجب أن نتعلم من الأطفال عدم الخجل من الفشل و أن نقوم و نعيد الكرة . إن معظم الكبار يرزحون تحت الخوف و الحذر و يركنون إلى الأمان و لذلك تجدهم مجفلين و متصلبين و خائفين و لذلك يفشل أكثرهم

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لقد غيرت القراءة مجرى حياتي تغييرا جذريا و لم أكن أهدف من ورائها إلى كسب أية شهادات لتحسين مركزي و إنما كنت أريد أن أحيا فكريا

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نعم كتبت رسالة من مكة تريدون الآن أن تعرفوا ان كنت قد قلت فيها إنني اقبل البيض كإخوة ؟ و أنا أجيب بأن ما رأيته في أرض الإسلام و شعرت به و كتبته في تلك الرسالة قد وسع دائرة تفكيري و
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عمرو  عزازي
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مالكوم إكس أو الحاج مالك الشباز -رحمه الله

مالكوم أمريكي أفريقي عاصر فترة من أهم فترات التمييز العنصري ضد السود في الوﻻيات المتحدة إبان فترة الخمسينيات

حياته و سيرته حكاية تروي و تدرس .. مر بمنعطفات عجيبة في حياته

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في طفولته .. تم قتل والده على يد مجموعة من العنصريين البيض .. و والدته تم إيداعها مستشفى الأمراض العقلية بقرار ظالم، و تم إيداع مالكوم في دار للرعاية!

في بداية شبابه فعل ما ﻻ يخطر على بال .. خمر و قمار و مخدرات و قوادة و السرقة و السطو المسلح و غيرها ... و طبعا النتيجة كانت دخوله السجن
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Jessica
Apr 28, 2008 Jessica added it
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This is my second time though this book and it is still one of my favorite stories of all. I read several hundred pages of it while taking Greyhound to Virginia last week. The whole way I was sitting with three black ladies, and we all kept on talking about what all of us thought of Malcolm X and his ideas. Early in the trip lady across from me asked what I was reading--I think she knew and just wanted to see my reaction to her asking. I told her and we got into an amazing conversation about rac ...more
Wael Ghonim
Feb 19, 2012 Wael Ghonim rated it really liked it
A must read biography of a man who stood up for the principles he believed in.
Yusra Gulab Jamman
Jan 09, 2015 Yusra Gulab Jamman rated it it was amazing
Shortly before I turned the first page of this book, I experienced something of an epiphany regarding my reading habits. A friend of mine, who was examining my personal compilation entitled 'my top 10 most stupendously awe-inspiring and favourite books in the history of ever', happened to pass a casual comment regarding the utter lack of non-fiction in the list. The effect was instantaneous. I took a hasty inventory of my mental bookshelf, and came out with a fiction : non-fiction ratio which lo ...more
Josh
Jun 14, 2007 Josh rated it it was amazing
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There are only a handful of books you can read in a lifetime that have a tangible impact on you. My dad reccomended this to me when I was 15, as I searched for something interesting in between the lawyer, doctor, monster New York Times bestsellers I'd read compulsively. Alex Haley helped Malcolm X shape a personal history that spit in the face of the public school education I had recieved up until that point, and more importantly I learned the value of literature. How books have the potential to ...more
Bushra Omar
Feb 04, 2011 Bushra Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من المقطعين التاليين قررت أن أبدأ مراجعة هذا الكتاب
" إنني لم أكن لأضيع ساعه واحدة على هذا الكتاب الذي بتنبأ له بانتشار كبير في هذه الأيام التي أحتاج فيها إلى كل دقيقة من وقتي ، لو لم أكن مقتنعاً بأنها الوسيلة الناجعة الوحيده لإبلاغ ماأريد إبلاغه : إنني كنت أسفل سافلين في قاع المجتمع الأمريكـي عندنا اهتديت إلى الله وإلى الإسلام فتغير مجرى حياتي "
" وظنـي أنه لايوجد رجل أسود في أمريكا قاسى ماقاسيته أوتردى إلى درجة الإنحطاط الإجتماعي الذي ترديت إليه أو مني بالجهل الذي منيت به ولكـن لا إنفراج إلا بعد
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L.
Aug 10, 2007 L. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Every American
I understand why rap culture stresses "hustling" so much. It's as if rappers just never finished the book. It's not as awesome an autobiography as Gandhi's but better than most any other bio you'll find. Usually biographies are just dry chronicles of some rich asshole's favorite color and addiction du jour. This really gets you inside his head. I am thoroughly convinced that he should share an equal place in the canon of great Americans with equal respect and prestige as George Washington. Also, ...more
Melody
May 07, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone.
On Dr. King's Birthday I was knee-deep in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. At a nearby holiday celebration, one speaker stood at the pulpit and noted that "there was Martin and there was Malcolm. Thank God Martin won."

But did he? As I think about the Autobiography, I'm impressed by the book as an incredible testament to one man's intelligence, eloquence, and passion. In its passion, it has lived on; Malcolm's legacy lives on, visible in subtle parts of our culture. We see him in the power of the
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Myriam
For a long time while reading The Autobiography, I thought it was going to be a 4-star read for me. And then the last 50 pages happened.
Amazing. Such an important read.
It has its flaws, of course. For example, I found it a little too wordy in some places, and there are some things that were said that I just couldn't agree with.
But it was still kind of a revelation. As a non-American, white, comparatively privileged woman, there are realities that I am just not familiar with and this book helped
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Samar
I'm not sure how 2 review this book, I need to catch ma breath & take ma time be4 writing my detailed review, 'm sooo speechless...

All I can say 4 now is that I'm beyond impressed, wat a fascinating man, wat a journey, wat a struggle, Malcolm was a real truthful impressive brilliant man...

"And, in honoring him,we honor the bestin ourselves."
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June 5,2013

So I'm an Arab -Egyptian- Muslim girl living in Cairo, wat did I know
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Hafeth
الترجمة:
ترجمة المذكرات كانت ممتازة, و لم أشعر بأنها كانت حرفية أو متكلفة
تقول المترجمة في مقدمتها أنها قضت سنة من العمل لامتواصل في ترجمة الكتاب, و هذا واضح تماما في هذا العمل القيّم
هناك ملاحظة هامشية على الترجمة, و هي استخدام كلمة "مهتف" بدلا من "الهاتف". قد يكون ذلك صحيحا لغويا, لكنه غير دارج


محتوى الكتاب:
أملى مالكوم إكس المذكرات على المؤلف "أليكس هيلي" بشكل شفوي, لهذا فهناك إسهاب غير مبرر في كثير من المواضع, و تكرار, و نوع من الخطابة الإنشائية

يبدأ الكتاب شيقا في افصل الأول و الثاني, حيث يستعرض
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Shannon
I will not attempt to add my two cents to the five decades of commentary that currently exist. But I will say this, when Malcolm says of Elijah Muhammad, "My black brothers and sisters, you have come from your homes to hear-now you are going to hear-America's wisest black man! America's boldest black man! America's most fearless black man." I uttered an audible - No. It was you, Malcolm. It was you.
Lamia Al-Qahtani
Jul 31, 2014 Lamia Al-Qahtani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كانت حياتي سلسلة من التحولات الجذرية – مالكوم اكس
كتبت هذا الموضوع في مدونتي السابقة وفي أحد المنتديات منذ أكثر 3 سنوات تقريبا وأعيد نشره وسأبدأ بتلخيص لحياته ثم أتكلم عن الكتاب ورأيي فيه في نهاية التدوينة بإذن الله .
الميلاد والنشأة


ولد مالكوم اكس في الولايات المتحدة في وقت كان يعاني فيه السود من عنصرية مقيتة وكان اسمه مالكوم ليتل ولكن رفضه وغيره إلى مالكوم X لأن الرجل الأبيض هو من أعطاه هذا الاسم ، أمه لم تكن زنجية وكان هو السابع من بين أخوته أما والده فكان قسيسا من أتباع ماركوس كافي الذي نادى
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Joodi
Jan 18, 2011 Joodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joodi by: Reading Club عالم يحيا بالقراءة

مالكوم إكس
كان إلى عهد قريب مجرد اسم لأمريكي مسلم اشتهر في مدة معينة ثم مات.
أما الآن فقد أصبح أعظم أمريكي مسلم آمن بقضيته وعمل لأجلها حتى آخر لحظات حياته
رغم بعض الاختلافات العقدية والتجاوزات الأخلاقيه التي أرجعها للجهل وعدم توفر مصادر العلم لديهم آنذاك
إلا أنه كان مسلماً بحق .. مستسلماً لتعاليم دينه التي يعرفها
مكافحاً في سبيل نشر الدعوة
ومناضلاً لتحرير أبناء جنسه من الاستعباد الفكري

أحببت كثيراً دور العائلة في حياته
كيف كانت سبباً بعد الله عز وجل في هدايته

الحاج مالك الشباز
رحمك الله

بعض الاقتباسات:

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Nawal Al-Qussyer
قصة هذا الرجل عبارة عن شيء ملهم
لمن قرأت كل السيرة تبعه وقرأت كيف التغيير اللي صار بحياته صار عندي مبدأ مقتنعة فيه جدا جدا إنو:
فرص التغيير لكل واحد متساوية تماما! يمكن تكون اصعب من شخص لشخص
لكنها بالتأكيد متساوية ! اللي أعنيه كيف كان مالكوم وكيف صار! كيف كان شخص جدا سيء يمارس كل أنواع الرذيلة وبعدها صار رجل من رجال الفضيلة. هذا الكتاب غيرني بعض الشيء .. فهمني أكثر انو مافي شي مستحيل على الانسان.. التغيير ممكن جدا .. لأي شخص ومهما بدا سوئه !

الكتاب يستعرض سيرة مالكوم إكس من طفولته و وضعه في عائلته و
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Amr


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give
you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man take it

من أروع المذكرات التى قرأتها في حياتي مذكرات مالكوم اكس او الحاج مالك الشباز .

كيف كان مفكر وقائدا ومدافع عن حقوق السود وفاضحا للممارسات العنصرية لدي البيض وتاريخهم الدموي

وفى نفس الوقت باحث عن الحقيقة لم يتوقف يوما عند رأي ثابت .. غير رأيه وحياته بالكامل عندما دخل السجن وخرج منه مؤمنا بالاسلام ولكن عن طريق الأليجا محمد وبعد اثنا عشر عاما معه وبعد ذهابه للحج عرف الاسلام على الحق , وعرف أن
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Richard
Jan 21, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, first published in the 1960's, has never gone out of print. It continues to tell the indelible story of a strong-willed, forceful, articulate, angry individual who could emotionally move his followers with his appeal to Black Power while engendering fright and hate from much of mainstream America during his lifetime. The strength of the book derives from its unblinking reiteration of Malcom's recall of his life and of the forces which formed him into the public face of the Nation of I ...more
Lynn Green
May 08, 2011 Lynn Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All teachers who teach in urban schools
This book leaves me, as I am sure it does many who have read it, with the great unanswered question, "What would have Malcolm X become if he had not been killed in 1965?" All through his life, Malcolm X was constantly reinventing himself from a bright and promising student, to a Harlem hustler, to a criminal, to a convict, to a convert, to an avocate of black seperatism, to a true Muslim, to an avocate for uniting the struggle of African-Americans with all other Africans, to a martyr. The last c ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Hard to rate a book like this...I mean in some cases things tend to transcend "enjoyability". In many places and ways I wouldn't call this book, "enjoyable".

Malcolm X's life was a struggle. he was a criminal, a hater, a dupe, a learner, a racist, someone who renounced racism, a member of the Nation of Islam, a renouncer of the Nation of Islam, and a Sunni Muslim who preached peace. He was a fighter and a murder victim (though of course that happened after this book's composition).

I'd recommend t
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Safa Rawashdeh
Jun 29, 2014 Safa Rawashdeh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع
يمس كل جوانب العبودية الي بحياتنا من تقليدنا للشكل ل أسلوب حياتنا والأهم لنظرتنا لأنفسنا
الكلام الي بنحكيه لأنفسنا هو ما يفضح كم تشوه الفكر
" الرجال الذين غيّروا مجرى التاريخ استطاعوا أن يغيروا نظرة الناس إلى نفسها , هتلر والمسيح وستالين وبوذا ..."
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الكتاب عن ظلم الناس لبعضها وفجورها في التعامل مع الأغيار لحتى أنزلوهم لرتبة العبيد
" لقد أطفأ الرجل الأبيض نور عيوننا والآن يتهمنا بعدم القدرة على البصر "

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أكثر ما فتح الكتاب عيوني عليه هو قدرة الإنسان على التغير
فكل ما أنا عليه الآن قد لا يكو
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Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Black Muslim minister and a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

After leaving the Nation of Islam in 1964, he made the pilgrimage, the Hajj, to Mecca and became a Sunni Muslim. He also founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Less than a year later, he was assassinated in Wash
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