The Veiled Genocide: A Reexamination of Muslim Occupation and Slavery of Africa
Over 4 million people are still under ownership by Muslims as slaves in Africa and across the Middle East today. No liberal or black nationalist ever complains about that. The brutality of the Muslim slave trade during the caliphate was so severe that 90% of Africans died in transport. Those who made it alive to Arabia barely lived into their mid 20’s. Women served merely as sex-slaves and workers and if they became pregnant from Muslim rapes their offspring was killed at birth. The male slaves served as laborers and were castrated to stop them from producing children. When the Muslims castrated their slaves they cut the entire penis and testicles off. It was the male version of FGM.
The African slave trade was created by the Africans themselves, and not by any European or foreigner. One of the reason African kings endorsed and ran the entire slave trade of their own people is due to their indoctrination into Sharia. Slavery made the the African kings extremely wealthy and powerful. The Sharia legalized the slavery of African people who had not converted to Islam, under the infidel label.
Although it is true that the whole world was engaged in slavery at one point in the temptation of wealth they witnessed from Muslim slavery, it is also true that African blacks, under the indoctronation of Islam, captured and enslaved more white Europeans in 1,200 years of slave raids on European shores than all of European and American slave trade combined.
You would be surprised to learn that there are about 2 million Afro-Iraqis in Iraq, the vast majority of them in Basra, where they form about a fifth of the population.
This ignorance is largely understandable, because this society of black Iraqis does not get seen or heard of much, the consequence of deeply entrenched racism that sees them denied even the most menial of jobs in Iraqi society.
You see, these black Iraqis are the descendants of African slaves, and their ancestors were the “fortunate” ones.
Slavery in the Middle East is an old establishment, as is apparent in its references within the Bible -Old Testament (Exodus 21:2-11, 21:20, Leviticus 25:44,), New Testament (Ephesians 6:5,) – and the Quran (33:50, 24:32, 2:178, and Hadiths. And as you may recall, Islam’s first muezzin was a former slave.
These black Iraqis are the embodiment of a vile practice that was carried on eons before the advent of Islam in the Middle East, but when it came, it increased the scope of slavery; when the ummah started spreading out from the Middle East, the depredations of slavery were felt in Spain, France, Italy, and Africa.
But whenever slavery as a topic is discussed, there is a tendency to focus on the Transatlantic trade, which was pre-dated by the Middle East slave trade by a whole 700 years. The Middle East trade lasted more than a millennium, outlasting the Transatlantic trade, and affected Africa even more greatly than the Transatlantic trade.
While the Transatlantic trade lasted four centuries, the Oriental & Trans-Saharan Trades (the main route for slaves into the Middle East) lasted 14 centuries, and according to estimates, as many as 25 million Africans were ferried into the Middle East, predominantly from the East African coast and the Red Sea. There were also about 1.25 million Europeans, snatched from as far away as Iceland and Britain, but often France and Spain, who found themselves heading to the Middle East for a lifetime of servitude.
But if you check the current demographics of the Middle East vis a vis that of the Americas, you should notice a discrepancy. There are an estimated 200 million people of African descent in the Americas, and they are rather visible, especially in the Caribbean. In the Middle East, citizens of African descent are virtually invisible, and with the exception of Basra, you will be hard pressed to find any such people in significant numbers, even though there are Afro-Turks to Afro-Iranians scattered in the region.
So why are there very few citizens of African descent in the Middle East, even though more slaves were brought in the Middle East than taken to the Americas?
It emerges that these slaves were often castrated, and that was not a very sanitary process. So a good deal died, and those that survived were mostly eunuchs, so that was the end of the line as far as offspring were concerned. This is the reason I regarded the ancestors of those Afro-Iraqis as being “fortunate”.
But their fortune was only limited to being able to leave offspring, but that may not even have been such a fortunate thing; the life for a slave was brutal. It was tending to date plantations, digging and hauling saline topsoil to make the land farmable, and doing all that was required of a slave.
Beyond the plantations, Africans in the Middle East worked as harem guards (eunuchs), soldiers, or servants in other capacities.
Truth be said, there is a lot to be learned about the slavery that occurred in the Middle East, and maybe when all facts are learned and acknowledged, then the continent can exorcise all the ghosts of centuries of abuse under foreigners, and reestablish connections with her neighbors, fully aware of all events of the past.
One great source is the “The Veiled Genocide”(Fr.) written by the French-Senegalese economist, anthropologist, historian, Tidiane N’Diaye. The erudite professor has provided treatises on matters ranging from the economic matters of Guadeloupe, a French Department, to Chaka Zulu’s empire.
But lately, his focus has been on reevaluating African connections with other continents, and his most recent book, “The Yellow and Black” (Le jaune et le noir), seeks to caution African nations to not get too cozy in its dealing with fast-rising China, which apparently harbors ulterior motives more in line with colonial guardianship.
You should take your time to learn something new. Start with these.
Tidiane N’Diaye demand that Africa acknowledge and expose the destruction and damage of the Muslim slave trade on Africa. The Muslims despised the black people, and castrated them to stop them from having children once they had been shipped to the Middle East.
An interview with John Alembillah Azumah, the author of “The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa”. Azumah talks about the extreme brutality of the Muslim slave trade. Azumah experienced a lot of hindrance to his research on Muslim slavery and jihad slave raids even during his studies in Europe from leftist historians, who romantized Islamic history of Africa. The same leftists encouraged vilification against European history on slavery.
Original article courtesy of The Muslim Issue.