Early Muslim Slaves in America (1527-1903)

Yahia Zeghoudi

Résumé


Little is known of the tragic landing of Muslims from Africa to Central and North America beginning from 1717. Those pioneers suffered terribly from their servitude as well as from the hostile Christian community, which pressured them to apostatize and embrace Christianity. Some fell while others resisted by sticking to the Islamic practices and traditions and stuck to the use of Arabic as an intellectual resistance to slavery and evangelizing. Here are a few brief biographies of the moving and dramatic lives of a small group of African Muslim slaves.

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