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Slavery in the Arab World Paperback – April 21, 1998
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This is honestly in part due to translation, which Gordon can't be blamed for. There were parts of the book where one could tell that there was an obvious translation error from the French, where the word or phrase wasn't used quite the correct way it is supposed to be used in English. However, numerous times Gordon also contradicts his own thoughts, making for confusing reading. As he himself admits, much of the research itself is contradictory, but he could have done a better job of weeding through the research, and his editor a better job of clearing up contradictions before publication.
I still recommend this, because it is such important information, and there is so little out there. This book should be seen as important first broadside in understanding an important part of our history. There was so much information here that I had never before known. I had no idea the slave trade continued across Sahara until 1920's, and slavery still allowed in the Middle East until 1970's. Gordon gives amazing details on the horrible atrocities committed under this institution, like emasculation of children. His scholarship is quite good- he rightly faults past researchers who were so against slavery that they made the problem bigger than it was. So, for instance, Gordon shows how the emasculation death rate of 99% is exaggerated by far, it being closer to only a 90% death rate.Read more ›
As someone who has family from the slave catchment areas in East Africa, it was interesting to read the accounts and reports of the events my grandfather would describe in his tales.
A thoroughly good read... and a much needed education for all those who thought the european trans-atlantic slave trade was the worst there ever was.
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This book should be recommended reading for all high school/college classrooms. My initial motives for reading this book mostly falls along political lines. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex Pappas
Excellent.....A must read if you want to understand slavery.Published on September 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The book is a little bit old and does not integrate what was discovered since its first publication in Paris (in French) or in the USA. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
Extremely informative although some translation errors or poor phraseology occasionally exist which take repeat reading. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Murray Gordon did an excellent job in describing the history of slavery in the Arab world. The book was coherent, easy to grasp, & interesting. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Seeker
Slavery In The Arab World is an exceptional book that discusses the Arab slave trade from the time of antiqity to well in to modern times. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
The author uncovers a nugget of information (infanticide) then quickly pulls it back from view (kinder and gentler, household servants, etc.) for pages and pages. Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by Twelve Twenty Nine
This is an excellent work that explores an area of African slavery that has been for too long ignored. Gordon presents a lucid, credible thesis in a very readable format. Read morePublished on February 5, 2009 by K. Nehil
The Arab enslavement of African people predates the European African slave trade by a millennium and it is still going on today in the Sudan. Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by Amazon Customer