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No Common Slave: Islam, Blackness and Literacy in Atlantic Slavery

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dc.contributor.advisor Kitroeff, Alexander Herlands, Alexa 2017-09-01T13:42:31Z 2017-09-01T13:42:31Z 2017
dc.description.abstract This thesis is comprised of five microhistories that track the life stories of Muslim, literate enslaved men from West Africa. Bilali Muhammad, Omar ibn Said, Nicholas Said, Ayuba Sulemayn Diallo and Abdul Rahman Ibrahima were legible to their masters, and other white superiors, as Islamic and literate, whether in Arabic, English, or another language. Their education, and more importantly, their religious identities, often elevated them in the eyes of the white elites that they encountered. This paper argues that their special treatment, while still exploitative and racialized, was indicative of an emerging racial and religious hierarchy that connected to the larger image of Islam on the global scene.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of History
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.title No Common Slave: Islam, Blackness and Literacy in Atlantic Slavery
dc.type Thesis en
dc.rights.access Open Access

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