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The same number of slaves were taken from sub-Saharan Africa to the Islamic world as crossed the Atlantic. But they were a luxury, not a means of production

By Robin Blackburn   April 2002

Islam’s black slaves

Ronald Segal

(Atlantic Books ?20) 

Ronald Segal, author of a history of the Atlantic slave trade and its consequences, here surveys the older traffic in slaves from sub-Saharan Africa to north Africa and the middle east, and the role of African slaves in Islamic society from the 7th century to the present. Segal has read widely in English and French but does not use sources in Arabic, Pharsee or Turkish. It may be that scholarly research in these languages on slavery is not yet substantial but then there is not much on Islamic slavery in western…

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