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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Slavery in Africa lecture tonight

Attending a lecture tonight on the long and continuing history of slavery in Africa (primarily of black Africans by Arabs) sponsored by Maranatha_Christian_Fellowship at the U of M.

Here's some background:

Slavery is a very old human institution. Its end in the west was spearheaded by
William Wilberforce of Britain. This is a very interesting article on the
subject: The_Scourge_of_Slavery .
Now naturally we think of a cruel and inhuman institution that was mainly
American. This due in no small part to our civil war. And then I began
reading. Of all the slaves shipped to the western hemisphere less tha 5% went to
North America (mainly the American Slave States). I found out that the
slave trade to the west comprised about 10% of the trade. The vast
majority went to the countries of Islam. In transporting the slaves to the
Americas about 10% died in transit. In transporting slaves to Muslim
countries 80% died in transit. Although the slave trade has ended in the
west it still continues in Islam...

More later.

2 Comments:

Blogger Roy said...

You should read the book: "Bury the Chains," by Adam Hothschild, http://www.amazon.com/Bury-Chains-Prophets-Rebels-Empires/dp/0618104690/sr=8-2/qid=1158934932/ref=sr_1_2/102-4058898-8373769?ie=UTF8&s=books

It is really a fantastic book on the subject

Friday, September 22, 2006  
Blogger Roy said...

Bury the Chains. by Adam Hothschild

Friday, September 22, 2006  

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