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Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq

by Henry Louis Gates

  • ISBN: 9781558761629
  • ISBN10: 1558761624

Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq

by Henry Louis Gates

  • List Price: $44.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Pub
  • Publish date: 02/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9781558761629
  • ISBN10: 1558761624
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Description: The revolt of African slaves in Iraq from 869 to 883 C.E.-the revolt of the Zanj-was one of the great rebellions of world history and the first major uprising in the history of the African diaspora. The Zanj were black slaves shipped overseas from East Africa to work in salt mines and plantations under the harshest conditions. Their fate resembled trans-Atlantic slave trade, and their revolt triggered racism against blacks among Arabs. Like the Spartacus revolt, it threatened a world power, in this case the Abbasid empire. The revolt also inspired solidarity among Africans in the diaspora, when black soldiers of the Caliph deserted and joined the revolt.Popovic's book is the only full-length study in any major language on the revolt of the Zanj. Scholars on slavery, the African diaspora, and Middle Eastern Studies have lauded and extensively quoted from Popovic's groundbreaking work.
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