Slavery and classical Islam The Koran gives extinsive laws regarding slavery. Thus any investigation of the role of Slavery in Islam must begin with Islam's guiding text. This is the most accessible verson of the Koran, presented in its proper manner. The Koran Interpreted: A Translation A good comparison for the slave laws in islam is the old Testament, what Jews call the Tanakh. This is by far the best new translation. JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh: Pocket Edition Then one must try to understand the role of slavery in classical Islam, as it was practiced between 632 and the 1100s. The document desribing the slave revolt in Iraq will give insights into the lives of slaves and their fate.