Slavery in North Africa / Edition 1

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Overview

Slavery, recognized and regulated by Islamic law, was an integral part of Muslim societies in the Middle East well into modern times. Recruited from the "Abode of War" by means of trade or warfare, slaves began their lives in the Islamic world as deracinated outsiders, described by Muslim jurists as being in a state like death, awaiting resurrection and rebirth through manumission. Many of these slaves were manumitted and some rose to prominence as soldiers and political leaders. Others were not so fortunate. Slaves of African origin, in particular, were often condemned to lives of menial labor. Despite the importance of slavery in Islamic history, this institution has received scant attention from scholars. This volume examines the institution of slavery in Islam in a range of cultural settings.
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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of North African Studies
"Slavery in the Islamic Middle East makes an important contribution to a growing literature ... interesting perspectives on a topic that is beginning to generate the scholarly attention it deserves."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761698
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Domestic Slavery in the Mamluk Empire: A Preliminary Sketch 1
A Liminal State: Slavery in Sixteenth-Century Istanbul 25
Islamic Law and Polemics Over Race and Slavery in North and West Africa (16th-19th Century) 43
Translation of Louis Frank's Memoire sur le commerce des negres au Kaire, et sur les maladies auxquelles ils sont sujets en y arrivant (1802) (Memoir on the Traffic in Negroes in Cairo and on the Illnesses to which they are Subject upon arrival there) 69
The Mamluks: The Mainstay of Islam's Military Might 89
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