Skip to comments.The Forgotten Slaves: 1400 Years of Muslim Enslavement
Posted on 03/09/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT by lbryce
While much documentation is known of the American slave trade, the Muslim enslavement of Africans (and Europeans) encompassing
the last 1400 years has been hushed up. This remarkable documentary films shows the story historians have neglected.
New York Times:October 27, 2007:Todays Hidden Slave Trade
Yet when the evils of 'slavery' are brought up more often than not the correlation between slavery and that of the American South is one that is bitterly decried by convention being accompanied by wringing hands, self-flagellation, guilt, Crimes against humanity, belief by descendants of slaves who are far and wide removed from terrible institution that it as making demands from those who have long ago perished along with slavery itself, that is used merely as a ludicrous prop for those who misguidedly, even deliberately look for ways to capitalize on tragedy they have had absolutely no part in.
Yet America, has made amends with the past for sure, in many innumerable, various ways.
In the Arabic language even before Muhammad, the word Slave/ Abd was - and still is - associated with BLACK AFRICANS.
While filling my car with gasoline possibly derived from Middle Eastern oil, I spotted a billboard for a local clothing store called US ARABIA. Though the signs head-swaddled male and female models appear to be Caucasian, palefaces are scant in the area around this gas station, so Ill presume the ad is targeted at an overwhelmingly black local population.
At the local Dunkin Donuts and Walgreens, Ive noticed a surge of Georgia-born blacks in Muslim apparel. The festive Afro-nationalist dashikis so popular among American blacks twenty years ago have been replaced with what seems like a dress rehearsal for the global caliphate.
Although Islam and black nationalism share a flame-belching, sword-swinging hatred for Western Civ, its an odd pairing when you consider history. American blacks who dump Christianity and shack up with Islam seem to think theyre flipping the bird at the creed that enslaved their ancestors, but theyre only swapping it for a religion that has enslaved their ancestors for far longer.
The idea of collective historical guilt is often wielded as a psychological weapon, and civilizations that allow themselves to be inoculated with the Guilt Germ can be conquered without a shot being fired. Islamic apologists and Western oikophobes scoff and spit and snort that anyone would dare draw equivalencies between the transatlantic and the Arab slave trades, yet the historical record laughs in their faces.
How many were taken to the United States during the entire history of the slave trade?
Perhaps you, like me, were raised essentially to think of the slave experience primarily in terms of our black ancestors here in the United States. In other words, slavery was primarily about us, right, from Crispus Attucks and Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker and Richard Allen, all the way to Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. Think of this as an instance of what we might think of as African-American exceptionalism. (In other words, if it's in "the black Experience," it's got to be about black Americans.) Well, think again.
The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, edited by professors David Eltis and David Richardson. (While the editors are careful to say that all of their figures are estimates, I believe that they are the best estimates that we have, the proverbial "gold standard" in the field of the study of the slave trade.) Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.
And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That's right: a tiny percentage.
In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone! Some scholars estimate that another 60,000 to 70,000 Africans ended up in the United States after touching down in the Caribbean first, so that would bring the total to approximately 450,000 Africans who arrived in the United States over the course of the slave trade.
Incredibly, most of the 42 million members of the African-American community descend from this tiny group of less than half a million Africans. And I, for one, find this amazing.
Slavery and human trafficking has been, unfortunately, part of the human equation for as long as there have been human civilizations.
I can't think of ANY ancient civilization that DIDN'T have it. This reminded me also of that Mel Gibson movie Apocalypse. That time period wasn't THAT ancient...1490's.
The truth finally being told. Question is how many will listen, and even fewer will probably believe.
Humm sorry lbryce it looks like it is fixed - maybe some quirk.
They taught this subject at UNCarolina in the mid 60s - still have the book.
I was completely aware of this when I was in school, back in the 1950s. It was a part of our study of Western history.
I think things changed in a major way, particularly since Lyndon Johnson managed to change the whole story and blame slavery on white Christian Republicans. Although the Communist version of events goes back earlier, of course.
But Johnson made slavery an essential part of his New Democrat Propaganda Machine, and it has worked very effectively ever since.
Much thanks to PIF for providing the head's up. Thank you very much, PIF.
Academia is full of hacks who will swear that the Muslims didn’t keep slaves. There are also those who argue passionately that the pyramids were not built by slaves.
Hey, no problem. Happy to oblige.
Of course, you're right, cloudmountain. And it's always made me wonder -- precisely when was it, and WHO was it, that began turning the particular American experience of slavery into a cause celebre? Is all of "race stuff" we've taught/learned/endured really just fallout from the Civil War? Was LBJ, all those years later, the one who recognized how to capitalize on it all? I don't know... knowing how modern politicians seem to seize an issue simply for the purpose of "divide and conquer", I have to believe someone or some organization, back in the day (early post-CW), decided race would be THE factor. Do South American cultures agonize over the whole issue (politically) as we have here? Europeans, Asians? Is it our unique Judeo-Christian foundation and independence that make it different here?
No! No! NO! Slavery has only existed in the USA for thousands of years, and it still goes on today! /s..leftist impersonation
That's three things
But when it comes to slavery, like everything else from the left...we may get...the truth....but never..... the whole truth...and never ever..... nothing but the truth
its funny how slavery was all the world for thousands of years and yet its just “America's original sin”...just like the fact in America one party promoted slavery and one party was formed to end slaver..but you would never hear slaver called the Democrats original sin
Islamic slavery was quite brutal. They castrated the men and only 10% survived. The women were what the Mozlems were after. Lots of white women were enslaved as well! Here is a neat story of a slave rebellion inside the Islamic world you’ve probably not heard about:
And yet it was the Christians in the United States and Great Britain that fought against slavery. Yes, those eeeeeevvvviiiiiilllll white Christians, who are to blame for everything since the burning of Rome.
I've got the strangest feeling we've had this conversation before...
Islam is based on the MASTER/slave relationship. Allah is the MASTER and we humans are his slaves.
Allah is alone and is known to be generous and merciful. The Koran doesn't mention Allah's love for us...only his mercy and compassion. Love is not part of the equation.
Christianity is based on God the Father, a father who LOVES His children, us, and wants us to spend eternity with Him. God IS love. Our Father gave us His only begotten SON who died as ransom for our sins. I saw the SON OF GOD twice.
[The second time I saw it I COULD NOT witness the crucifixion again....it was TOO much for me. So I left and went back to my car.
WELL, I got a $100.00 parking ticket (parking longer than two hours AND a tow-away ZONE) and was JUST ABOUT to be towed. I THOUGHT I had "read" the street signs correctly, but I didn't. I DID get the ticket BUT did not get towed. I guess the Lord let me get the ticket but let me DRIVE MY CAR HOME just for seeing the story of His Son yet again. Who knows. I was grateful not to have to bail my car out of the CAR POKEY!]
God, the Holy Spirit, is the third person of the Blessed Trinity.
His seven gifts to us are:
1. wisdom: it is the capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones;
2. understanding: in understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live. The gift of understanding perfects a person's speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known.
3. counsel (right judgment): with the gift of counsel/right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus;
4. fortitude (courage): with the gift of fortitude/courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil;
5. knowledge: with the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The gift of knowledge is more than an accumulation of facts;
6. piety (reverence): with the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. Piety is the gift whereby, at the Holy Spirit's instigation, we pay worship and duty to God as our Father, Aquinas writes;
7. fear of the Lord (wonder and awe): with the gift of fear of the Lord we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. This gift is described by Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a "filial fear," like a child's fear of offending his father, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a fear of punishment. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10 || Proverbs 1:7;9:10) because it puts our mindset in correct location with respect to God: we are the finite, dependent creatures, and He is the infinite, all-powerful Creator.
Twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit:
Catholic tradition lists 12 fruits:
The Douay-Rheims translation lists them as
Also, there is no woman figure in Islam, (like Mary) none at all. I always thought that odd. Mohammad WAS married but nothing is mentioned about her. I asked the Muslim men I worked with.
ODDLY enough, Saudi Muslim women pray to MARY, our Lord's mother, to ASK her for interceding to God for a SON for the infertile Muslim woman. Mary DID give birth to a SON, and what a SON.
The two religions are AMAZINGLY different. People have often said to me, "Oh, they're the same; we all pray to the same GOD."
EXCUUUUUUUUUSE me, but the two faiths are GALAXIES apart.
Because the ROP crowd has become an officially certified victim group, and can do no wrong.
Well, MARY, our Lord's mother, is a unique feature of our Bible and of most faiths. Women don't SEEM to form an important part of other cultures' faiths.
Yes, there is an occasional empress and queen here and there, but mostly non-Judaic/Christian societies put women rather low on the totem pole. Even the well-to-do Chinese women had their feet bound so they would have "lily" feet.
Europeans are our "mother-race," so to speak, as we got our Judaic/Christian values from them.
Africans? I don't know enough about them to say anything here. We do have a Nigerian priest in our parish. Northern Africa leans to Islam.
Mexcio, Central and South America are nominally Christian-Catholic. Who knows how many people practice the faith in their hearts and lives.
Asia? I never read where there were many women involved in the faiths there. I taught yoga for decades but Hinduism is way too
wacky complicated god-soaked -- never mind. I only taught yoga for its effects on strengthening, stretching, breathing and relaxing.
I ALWAYS told my students that if they wanted some faith and dogma about Hinduism from me, they were NOT getting it. There were PLENTY of books they could read on Hinduism.
I think that MARY is unique as the mother of our Savior.
Judaism had MANY women of faith and importance so our legacy from them is invaluable, as they were the seeds of Jesus.
Epaphras, who is one of you, says hello. Hes a slave of Christ Jesus
[ Greeting ] From Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.
[ Greeting ] From James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:1
[ Greeting ] From Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
[ Greeting ] Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James.
You are right from my study of the slavery issue. The majority of the black slaves went South and were consumed in the sugar plantations and mines. Most didn’t survive. Here, while by today’s standards they were brutalized, then they were valuable property and kept like the economic value they represented.
If they had gone to the Southern hemisphere most would have died. If they had stayed in Africa they would have gone to the Muslim traders, or been killed by their mostly black captors.
The British stopped most of the slave trade in the 1820’s when they controlled the sea. The white enlightenment ended slavery in the new world.
Slavery can’t be viewed in the light of today’s morals and culture. It’s gone and we’re well rid of it here and in the rest of the developed world, but it was practiced and accepted for millennia.
In a few days we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s day and he was a slave for a good part of his youth.
The East African slave trade, as well as the white slave trade in Europe, are dark chapters in human history that don’t have public advocacy groups and history months - despite accounting for millions more individuals sold into bondage than was the case with the Atlantic slave trade.
During the dark ages Eastern Europeans were sold in droves to the Muslim world, sometimes with the explicit support of European rulers. In terms of hard numbers, I recall reading studies that estimated that more Europeans were sold into slavery than were Africans in the Atlantic slave trade.
The European slave trade was quite lucrative for the leaders willing to turn a blind-eye to it. There were slave-trade routes across Europe that brought Eastern European slaves all across the continent and down to Spain so they could be sold to the Muslim rulers of that nation, many a French and Holy Roman ruler lined his pockets with the gold from the slave trade. Some of the banker-elites and their families of middle-ages Europe got their start hauling “white gold” from the western world to the eastern.
As a matter of fact, that’s where we get the word “Slave” from. Slavs. If the name of your entire people becomes a loan-word to describe human bondage, then you’d think at least future generations would have some conception of what happened in the brutal past.
Later on Turks and Barbary pirates raided mainland Europe, in same cases launching slave raids on Britain, Ireland, and Iceland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_of_Baltimore for instance. An entire village in Ireland was carried off into slavery in the mid 1600’s. While the Puritans were industriously cutting civilization out of the North American wilderness, North African pirates were carrying off entire communities in the British Isles.
And then there’s the East African slave trade... a curious fact of North American slavery is that our slave population actually increased over time after the importation of slaves was stopped. That’s virtually unheard of historically, slave populations as a rule don’t reproduce, let alone reproduce above the replacement rate. The life of a British or French-owned slave on the sugar plantations in the Caribbean or on the coast of South America were incredibly short - Bermuda for example, if I recall correctly off the top of my head, imported nearly a million slaves from 1700 until 1800, yet the population of that island never reached 100,000, IIRC. A few years in a tropical sugar plantation is about all a body is good for.
Then there’s the case of British Guiana, which used both African slaves and Irish convicts - as an interesting mental exercise, which of those two groups of human cattle do you think had the higher survival rate? The slaves that actually cost the plantation owners money, which they had an investment to recoup from, or the Irish? If you were an evil slave-owning bastard, which of the two groups would YOU choose for the most grinding and deadly labors on your sugar plantation? Which would get the most nourishing food, and what limited medicine you’d care to throw their way?
The East African slave trade was of this general character, nasty, brutal, and eventually resulting in few if any “former slaves” to make up a significant portion of future demographics.
As a matter of fact, the cotton plantations of Egypt experienced a huge boom, and a concurrent increase in the slave population, due to the disruption in cotton exports caused by the American Civil War. For every slave we fought and bled to free here, economic incentive created more slaves in the Muslim world.
Then there are the elements of the East African slave trade that are uniquely Islamic. Part of the demand for African slaves in the Muslim world was the result of the need for eunuchs. You see, harems needed guards to keep out adventurous young men, and you don’t want the fox guarding the henhouse, so rich Muslims bought hoards of young black boys in order to castrate them. If I recall correctly the “operation” had a very high fatality rate, something like a tenth of those put under the Muslim knife survived. I recall reading the account of an observer from the United States, sometime in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s, describing the process he observed in North Africa for creating eunuchs. The genitalia were sliced off, a grass reed was shoved up into what was left of the urinary tract as a sort of catheter, the bleeding wound was cauterized with heated lead shot, and the gaping mess was dressed with a bandage. I don’t think you’ll see that depicted in any Hollywood guilt-trip blockbusters.
What is truly sad is that the history of human savagery here is conveniently covered up or whitewashed in the west. It’s not politically expedient to dig into some old wounds, especially when many of those you would advocate for died without leaving descendants. More depressingly it’s politically convenient to turn a blind eye to some of humanities greatest evils.
Excellent comment! A few points to add:
The Barbary pirates raided as far as Iceland!
The entire coastland of southern Europe was largely depopulated throughout the MIddle Ages and early modern periods due to Muslim longshore raids. It has been suggested this was a significant contributor to the eventual rise of northern Europe in comparison.
It is estimated that from 1530 to 1780 1M to 1.5M Europeans were enslaved by the Barbary corsairs. To this we can add perhaps 2M in the same period from what are now Ukraine, Poland, Russia and elsewhere in eastern Europe. So 3.5M in this period.
Seems reasonable to me to double this for the entire period of 700 to 1800. The earlier period was much longer, but then populations were also much smaller. This gives us perhaps 7M whites enslaved by Muslims.
Compare this to perhaps 12M Africans shipped across the Atlantic and a similar total for the Muslim slave trade from Africa.
So we have perhaps 7M whites vs. 25M blacks enslaved total.
With regard to the similar totals for the Atlantic vs. Muslim slave trade from Africa it should be noted that the Muslim trade start much earlier and lasted a few decades longer. However, it never reached anything close to the volume of the Atlantic trade at its peak.
People obsess about the horrible conditions of the Atlantic trade, but the Muslim trade across the Sahara had a much higher death rate.
I CAN’T FIND IT!!!
Did they PULL it??
Exactly... which is why in North and South America, we still have descendents of former slave populations.