Slavery, Sex and Empire in Muslim Societies (HA)

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

This course explores the theory and practice of slavery in Muslim societies from the 8th century up through the 20th. We use case studies; read primary sources in translation; explore the intersection of sex, gender and slavery; and try to recover the experiences of the enslaved. Who were the Islamic abolitionists? Why did many European colonial authorities actively perpetuate slavery? Why did legal slavery last until 1962 in Saudi Arabia? What is the legacy of slavery in Muslim societies? How are the formerly "invisible" descendants of African slaves in the Middle East advocating for recognition?

Additional description

Area of Study Requirement: Islam