The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam

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Overview

There is a rich documentary trail to follow on the topic of African slavery in the Islam of the Mediterranean, but relatively little historical work has been done on the subject. Hunwick (Northwestern U.) and Powell (U. of Georgia) seek to begin to correct the dearth of research by presenting a collection of primary materials related to the Islamic enslavement of the peoples of Central Africa. Documents are organized under the headings: basic texts on slavery, Muslim views on slavery, perceptions of Africans in Arabic and Turkish writings, slave capture, the Middle Passage, slave markets, eunuchs and concubines, domestic service, agricultural labor, military service, religion and community, freedom and post-slavery, abolition of slavery, and a slave narrative. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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John Hunwick (Shari'a in Songhay) and Eve Troutt Powell (A Different Shade of Colonialism) have gathered (and briefly annotated) primary sources from the Koran, Islamic historians and theologians, non-Muslim anthropologists and others to end "the silence surrounding the experience... of African slaves in the Islamic Mediterranean." Though this "other" slave trade spanned nearly 10 centuries, no definitive history exists; The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam offers scholars and students insight into the relationships between the brutal culture of slavery and the rich traditions of the Islamic world. Illus. (Markus Wiener [www.markuswiener.com], $38.95 302p ISBN 1-55876-274-4; paper $18.95 -275-2) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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There is a rich documentary trail to follow on the topic of African slavery in the Islam of the Mediterranean, but relatively little historical work has been done on the subject. Hunwick (Northwestern U.) and Powell (U. of Georgia) seek to begin to correct the dearth of research by presenting a collection of primary materials related to the Islamic enslavement of the peoples of Central Africa. Documents are organized under the headings: basic texts on slavery, Muslim views on slavery, perceptions of Africans in Arabic and Turkish writings, slave capture, the Middle Passage, slave markets, eunuchs and concubines, domestic service, agricultural labor, military service, religion and community, freedom and post-slavery, abolition of slavery, and a slave narrative. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762756
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Princeton Series on the Middle East
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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