Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3rd - 9th Century

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The revolt of African slaves in Iraq from 869 to 883 C.E., known as the revolt of the Zanj, was one of the great rebellions of world history and the first major uprising in the history of the African diaspora. The Zanj were black slaves shipped overseas from East Africa to work in salt mines and plantations under the harshest conditions. Their fate resembled that of slaves sent across the Atlantic, and their revolt triggered racism against blacks among Arabs. Like the Spartacus revolt, it threatened a world ...
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Overview

The revolt of African slaves in Iraq from 869 to 883 C.E., known as the revolt of the Zanj, was one of the great rebellions of world history and the first major uprising in the history of the African diaspora. The Zanj were black slaves shipped overseas from East Africa to work in salt mines and plantations under the harshest conditions. Their fate resembled that of slaves sent across the Atlantic, and their revolt triggered racism against blacks among Arabs. Like the Spartacus revolt, it threatened a world power, in this case the Abbasid empire. The revolt also signified a unique instance of solidarity among Africans in the diaspora, when black soldiers of the Caliph deserted and joined the revolt. Popovic's book is the only full-length study in any major language on the revolt of the Zanj. Scholars of slavery, the African diaspora, and the Middle East have lauded and extensively quoted from the original French edition of Popovic's work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761636
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Princeton Series on the Middle East
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 739,555

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the English Edition
Foreword to the French Edition
Ch. 1 Origins of the Revolt 9
I Geography 10
II The Population (The Zutt, the Zanj) 14
III The Period 25
Ch. 2 'Ali b. Muhammad 33
Ch. 3 The Revolt and the Beginning of the War (Spread of the Insurrection) 45
I Riot against Neighboring Villages and "the People of Basra" (255/869) 45
II The Abbasid Attempt to Crush the Revolt (256-59/870-73) 55
III Abbasid Troops Content with Preventing the Spread of the Revolt (259-66/873-79) 69
Ch. 4 Continuation of the War and the End of the Revolt (The Zanj, the Caliphate's Chief Concern) 91
I Offensive Undertaken by Abu l-'Abbas (Rabi'II 266-Safar 2671 November-December 879-September 880) 91
II Al-Muwaffaq's Return and the Cleansing of Iraq and of the Ahwaz (Safar-Rajab 267/September 880-February 881) 95
III The Siege of al-Mukhtara and the End of the Revolt (Rajab 267-Safar 270/February 881-August 883) 102
Ch. 5 Internal and External Organization of the New State 129
I Internal Organization 129
II External Organization 136
Final Remarks 143
Conclusion 149
Annotated Chronological Bibliography 159
Maps 189
App. I The Different Names of 'Ali b. Muhammad 193
App. II Genealogy of 'Ali b. Muhammad 195
App. III The Different Versions of 'Ali b. Muhammad's Death 196
App. IV Poetic Fragments from the Master of the Zanj 199
App. V: Chronological Table 200
Index 205
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