Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (c. 1000-1500 CE)

Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (c. 1000-1500 CE)


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Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (c. 1000-1500 CE) by Reuven Amitai

Slavery was an important component of medieval life, certainly so in the Mediterranean basin and nearby lands. Muslims, Christians and Jews all owned slaved, and slave traders hailed from a variety of locations across the region. Slaves entered the Mediterranean from the Black Sea basin and the nearby steppes and as local prisoners of war and captives of raiding, as well as from Bilad al-Sudan, the Land of the Blacks stretching across Sub-Saharan Africa. In the Eastern Mediterranean of the later Middle Ages, many slaves were employed in domestic work, and only occasionally in farming or other forms of production. In the Islamic countries of this region we also find military slaves, mostly of Turkish origin hailing from the Eurasian Steppes, and generally known as Mamluks. This volume contains innovative studies that look at various aspects of slavery and the slave trade in the Eastern Mediterranean between about 1000-1500 CE: overviews of slavery in the different religious traditions, examinations of the role of the Italian merchant cities - mainly Venice and Genoa - in this trade, the nature of Mamluk military slavery and aspects of the commerce in these so-called slave soldiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503570198
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Series: Mediterranean Nexus 1100-1700 Series , #5
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 487
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Map 10

Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (c. 1000-1500 CF): Introduction Christoph Cluse Reuven Amitai 11

Part 1 Religious and Cultural Contexts

Crusading and Latin-Muslim Contacts in the Eastern Mediterranean: the Religious, Diplomatic and Juridical Frameworks and their Implications for the Study of the Slave Trade Norman Housley 31

Slavery in Islam: Legal Norms and Social Practice Kurt Franz 51

The Slave Trade in the Geniza Society Miriam Frenkel 143

Slavery and the Slave Trade in Byzantium in the Palaeologan Period Johannes Pahlitzsch 163

Part 2 The Mamluk Phenomenon

Some Notes Concerning the Trade and Education of Slave-Soldiers during the Mamluk Era Yehoshua Frenkel 187

The Early Experience of the Mamluk in the First Period of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1382 CE) Amir Mazor 213

Part 3 Latins in the Eastern Slave Trade

Slavery in the Latin Mediterranean (Thirteenth to Fifteenth Centuries): The Case of Genoa Michel Balard 235

The Venetian Involvement in the Black Sea Slave Trade (Fourteenth to Fifteenth Centuries) Danuta Quirini-Poplawska 255

Differentiated Legality: Venetian Slave Trade in Alexandria Georg Christ 299

The Catalan Company and the Slave Trade Ernest Marcos Hierro 321

Le transport des esclaves dans le monde mediterranéen médiéval Michel Balard 353

Caffa and the Slave Trade during the First Half of the Fifteenth Century Annika Stello 375

Part 4 A New Look at the Ehrenkreutz Thesis

Between the Slave Trade and Diplomacy: Some Aspects of Early Mamluk Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea Reuven Amitai 401

The Nature and Role of the Slave Traders in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Third Reign of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad b. Qalawun (1310-41 CE) Jenia Yudkevich 423

The Role of the Slave Trade in the De recuperanda Treatises around 1300 Christoph Cluse 437

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