Assignment: Summarize the ways in which Arabs treated African slaves and show how how these were similar to, and different from the ways Europeans treated African slaves in the Americas.Two pages double-spaced and twelve fonts – Times New Roman.see the attacheds 1- the pages of the article from the book 2- the Themes
to Focus on in the African Slave Trade with Arabs
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Themes to Focus on in the African Slave Trade with Arabs
The readings from Phillips and Gomez adequately discuss this topic. The correct pages from
Phillips are 84-98 Please take note of the following themes in your readings.
The origin of the Arab slave trade with Africa as an organized system started in 651 C.E. with
the signing of the baqt treaty between Christian Nubian Kingdoms and Arabs under which
Nubians were to supply 360 slaves to Arabs annually in return for the Arabs agreeing not to
Take note of the sources of slaves: geographical sources were from Nubia, Ethiopia, East Africa
and the Central Sudan region of West Africa. The slaves were obtained physically as war
captives and through raids.
Take note of the nature of the trade and the practices and conventions associated with the trade
and how some of these practices and conventions were influenced by the Islamic religion. Note
that not only Blacks were enslaved by Arabs and there was a pecking order (social hierarchy) for
slaves especially female slaves. Note that two categories of African men were sold as slaves,
namely, eunuchs and non-eunuchs.
Take note of the occupations in which African slaves were engaged in the Arabic world. Note
that men and women had different occupations, and occupations can generally be classified as
domestic and non-domestic.
Take note of how Arabs treated African slaves; for instance, issues surrounding manumission of
slaves and ways in which manumission were granted.
Try to compare how Arabs treated African slaves to how African slaves were treated by
Europeans in the Americas.
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