Slavery, Sex and Empire in Muslim Societies (HA)

Subject associations
REL 337 / NES 357 / GSS 448
Fall 2023
Shaun E. Marmon
Registrar description

This course explores the theory and practice of slavery in specific Muslim societies from the 8th century up through the 20th. Our goal is to recover the lives of the enslaved and to explore intersections of sex, gender and slavery. Students will read primary sources in translation: papyri, letters, chronicles, coins. Why did some former slaves become rulers? What role did the sexual/reproductive labor of female slaves play in the family? Why did European colonial authorities perpetuate slavery in the modern period? What is the legacy of slavery in Muslim societies?

Additional description

Area of Study Requirement: Islam