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Hist 2530 Professor Powers 11/20/08 Slaves A large part of Islamic civilization’s society had to do with the institution of slavery. In addition to the Mamluk slave army, slaves were also key in supporting the labor force and used in civic positions as well. There are a lot of stereotypes that occur with relation to slaves in the Muslim world. For instance there is a guide for buying slaves that states that when buying one should not be mislead by first impressions as these can be deceiving about the slaves’ true nature. It also warns against buying slaves at festivals and says to be cautious when purchasing a eunuch or a slave-girl who can write. In terms of buying and selling slave-girls the list also makes important the idea of her pregnancy and the need to be protective of this. There exists another listing of slaves from different regions and their pros and cons as slaves.
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Unformatted text preview: For instance, it says about women from India that they cannot take humiliation but will endure large amounts of physical pain and that they are good for child birth. While at first these stereotypes may appear to be quite racist in nature their racism is acutely different than the racism that was experienced in the U.S. slave society. The racism in the U.S. was based on the subjugation of one particular race and was based on hate. In the Muslim world, many different races were enslaved while many of these races were free as well. Also, slaver in the Muslim world was based on economic advancement, not subjugation and hatred. Finally, there were, at times, the ability to gain freedom or even advance one’s slave status (such as in the Mamluk society). It even seems somewhat hypocritical that the slave Mamluks eventually came to rule of both slaves and freemen alike....
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