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Slavery in Sixteenth-Century Aleppo

Slavery in Sixteenth-Century Aleppo
91 Charles Street West, Victoria College, Senior Common Room
Time: Nov 22nd, 4:00 pm End: Nov 22nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Thabit Abdullah Sam (York U)

Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium presents

Slavery in Sixteenth-Century Aleppo

This lecture is presented in partnership with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Our understanding of slave-ry in the Islamic World is still rudimen-tary. Contemporary Muslim writers rarely went beyond legal references while European travelers often focused more on fantasy than fact. This presen-tation will discuss what the late 16th-century court records of Aleppo reveal about slavery including the ethnic backgrounds, value, areas of employment, general treatment, and manumission.

Thabit A.J. Abdullah is an Associate Professor of Middle East History at York University. Prior to coming to York in 1999, he was the Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the American University in Cairo. His chief research interests are the medieval and early modern history of Iraq. His works have been translated into many languages including Arabic, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. In addition to historical scholarship he often appears on Canadian, US, and Arab media to comment about contemporary events in Iraq and the Arab World. His most recent book is A Short History of Iraq (2nd edition, 2011).



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