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Fall 2018-2019
* NES 395 / AFS 412 / AAS 412 / HIS 457 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Human Trafficking and its Demise: African and European Slaves in Modern Islam (16th-21st century)

M'hamed Oualdi

What did slavery represent for Islamic societies, and what does human trafficking mean in the Middle East and North Africa after Salafist groups such as ISIS restored practices of enslavement in Syria and Iraq? After a presentation of the issues related to slavery in Muslim societies today, we will ask ourselves if there was even such thing as Islamic slavery: Did Muslim societies organize a specific type of slave trade? To what extent was slavery a pivotal institution? We will see that various experiences of slavery shaped discourses about race and gender, and we will assess the main legacies of slavery in current Muslim societies.

Sample reading list:
W.G. Clarence-Smith, Islam and the Abolition of Slavery
Bruce S. Hall, History of Race in Muslim West Africa
Hakan Erdem, Slavery in the Ottoman Empire and Its Demise, 1800-1909
Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: a history of slavery, race, and Islam
Ehud Toledano, As if Silent and Absent: Bonds of Enslavement
Madeline C. Zilfi, Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students are expected to read 100-130 pages each week. Weekly response paper (300 to 600 words) to the assigned week's readings. These assignments are not graded but their completion is mandatory.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Presentation of primary sources related to slavery. Students will present for 10 to 15 minutes to the class, the author of the text, the context of production of this source. A final paper based on selected primary sources (15 to 17 double-spaced pages long) on a topic that focuses on slavery in the modern Middle East and North Africa.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21110 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Jones Hall   102   Enrolled:11 Limit:15