Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Atlantic Slave Trade

Assalaam alaykum,

Please listen to the following excerpts (Parts 3 to 8) from Week 10 (966 to 1099 AH) of the series 13 Centuries of Islamic History, in which Al-Hajj Abu Ja'far Al-Hanbali discusses the differences between slavery in Islam and slavery as understood and practiced by Europeans and Americans. You will also learn about how the Europeans (and later to be known  as "Americans") decimated the native populations of North and South America, some of whom were Muslim.

Note: Parts 5 and 6 include the introduction of tobacco and smoking into the Muslim world, and how no fewer than eighty-nine fatwas emerged at the time condemning it and deeming it absolutely impermissible.

In part 3, the discussion starts at 10:26.

For further reading on the topic, the following books are recommended:

1) The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo
2) Comanches: The History of a People by T.R. Fehrenbach
3) Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution by Alfred W. Blumrosen and Ruth G. Blumrosen.
4) The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 by Robert J. Allison.
5) A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1492 to the Present by Ward Churchill

And with Allah alone is every success.

Assalaam alaykum,


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