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Chapter five provides the reader with a general overview of a sovereign citizen-like movement called the Moors. The Moors subscribe to a different set of beliefs from those of sovereign citizens but use similar tactics. Their rationale for breaking the law or evading the law is different from that of the typical sovereign citizen but they behave in a very similar way. A description of Moors, their beliefs, their behavior, their interactions with public officials, law enforcement officers and the American judicial system are described below.

Within the sovereign citizen movement exists an off-shoot of individuals who are commonly referred to as Moors (sometimes spelled Muurs). The Moorish sovereign citizen movement is thought to have largely started in the 1990s in East coast cities (Pitcavage, as cited in Moorish sovereign citizens n.d.; Parker 2018). Some have described the beliefs of the sovereign Moors to be a combination of more typical sovereign citizens beliefs (rejecting government authority) with that of the Moorish Science Temple of America (MSTA), a religious sect founded in 1913 by Noble Drew Ali, who considered himself a prophet. Some Moors have also adopted ideas from the Louisiana-based Washitaw Nation, a small group who claims that they are sovereign entities and as such do not have to follow the laws of the U.S. (Parker 2018; Federal Bureau of Investigation 2017). Researchers have indicated that there is no published estimate of the number of sovereign Moors currently in existence in the U.S. (Parker 2018).

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  • Moorish
  • Moors
  • United Nuwaubian nation of moors
  • Moorish science Temple of America (MSTA)
  • Moorish sovereigns

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Sarteschi, C.M. (2020). Moors. In: Sovereign Citizens. SpringerBriefs in Psychology(). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45851-5_5

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