Selim Aga: A Slave's Odyssey

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Selim Aga was eight years old when he was abducted from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and sold into slavery and auctioned 2000 miles away in Egypt to the highest bidder. Born around 1827 Selim was killed in a war in Liberia in 1875. How then did this slave come to be lecturing to fashionable audiences in London and publishing in the "Geographical Magazine"? James McCarthy has pieced together the life of this remarkable man using Selim's own narrative and those of others such as ...
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Overview


Selim Aga was eight years old when he was abducted from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and sold into slavery and auctioned 2000 miles away in Egypt to the highest bidder. Born around 1827 Selim was killed in a war in Liberia in 1875. How then did this slave come to be lecturing to fashionable audiences in London and publishing in the "Geographical Magazine"? James McCarthy has pieced together the life of this remarkable man using Selim's own narrative and those of others such as Sir Richard Burton.

Abducted from his home in the Nuba Mountain of Sudan, Selim Aba was bought and sold at least eight times before being released from slavery by Robert Thurburn, who took Selim to his home in Scotland in 1836. Selim would later become an author, lecturer, and explorer, accompanying Sir Richard Burton to West Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905222179
  • Publisher: Luath Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


James McCarthy, former Deputy Director for Scotland of the Nature Conservancy Council, is now a Board Meiber of SNH. He has extensive experience both of introducing visitors to the best of natural Scotland, and training professionals from conservation organisations.

About James Robertson: James Robertson was born in Kent in 1958, but grew up in Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire. He studied history at Edinburgh University, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His first book of short stories, Close, was published in 1991 by Black & White Publishing. From 1993 to 1995 he was appointed writer-in-residence at Brownsbank Cottage, the former home of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, in Lanarkshire. He is general editor of the Scots language educational imprint Itchy Coo, for which he wrote A Scots Parliament (2002). His first novel, The Fanatic, was published by Fourth Estate in 2000. His second, Joseph Knight (0007150253), won both the Saltire and Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Awards for 2003-04. He lives in Angus.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     xix
Introduction: Searching for Selim     1
The Kingdom of Taqali     13
'A thing to be bartered for'     31
The Nile Journey     43
'The fate of the author was sealed'     59
Robert Thurburn of Alexandria     69
'The comforts of a civilised and social life'     83
'They hail thee as the stranger's home'     97
'A key to the civilisation of the whole world'     109
Exploring the Niger     125
'He took all the trouble of life off my hands'     141
Selim Hoists the Union Jack     157
'Selim behaved like a trump'     167
Two thousand 'Amazons'     181
The Last Adventure     189
Epilogue     195
The full text of Incidents Connected with the Life of Selim Aga   Selim Aga     201
'A Trip up the Congo or Zaire River'   Selim Aga     229
Timeline of Events Associated with the Lives of Selim Aga and Richard Burton     241
The Thurburn Family     242
Bibliography     245
References     251
Index     255
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