AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

We are of course about to wrap up another African-American History Month, and maybe the one area where the general thrust of this blog sort of intersects with African-American history is in terms of African Muslims who were sold into slavery in North America. There aren’t great records as to the number of Muslims who came over as slaves, but much of the slave trade originated in West Africa, a region that was (and is) heavily influenced by Islam and where the slave trade with Arab kingdoms to the north and east likely provided the template for the trans-Atlantic slave trade (though to be clear that in no way suggests that slavery in the Americas and slavery in the various parts of the Islamic World were identical institutions, or that the life of a slave in one place would have resembled the life of a slave in any other place). The point is, it’s likely that many American slaves were at least sold into slavery by Muslims, if they were not Muslim themselves.

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