Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • Elizabeth Urban explores the ways in which new Muslims of slave origins were integrated into early Islamic society in “Conquered Populations in Early Islam; Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers,” Edinburgh University Press. The book focuses on Muslims of slave origins, who belonged to the society in which they lived but whose slave background rendered them somehow alien.
  • In “A Slave Between Empires; A Transimperial History of North Africa,” Columbia University Press, M’hamed Oualdi investigates the transimperial life of General Husayn, a manumitted slave turned dignitary in the Ottoman province of Tunis. The author places Husayn within the international context of the struggle between Ottoman and French forces for control of the Mediterranean amid social and intellectual ferment that crossed empires.

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