Quickdraw wrote:What knowledge you got on Africa Alonso calling Islam a slave religion. because I dont think you would call the African Kings and their peope slaves that's disrespect. And technically the Arabs wouldnt even have the man power to force all of the Africans to convert. So thats unfounded BS that they made all of us convert which aint even logical. Everybody had slaves but America's system was systematic. Its not like America where all the blacks are locked in one country. Dont try to drop Islam to Christianities level thats a second disrespect because I dont know of no Christians that influenced the African Royal Courts. King Mansa Musa went on the Hajj with so much gold Egypt was stunned when he passed that nation. None of them Arabs in no Nile River boats caked like that nigga. How you calling our Empires slaves? Yall believing too much that the Africans was weak like the white folks think, because like I said it would be impossible to make every African convert by force unlike in America. If you mad at somebody be mad at the Kings for converting they kingdoms.
The Arab slave caravans where systemic for that period in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Centuries. Infact, during those years, the Arab slave trade was the most sophisticated. Slavery was a common practice in Islam, and even Mohammed had a slave named Ziad (Zaid). Arabs are not natives to Africa, they invaded Egypt in the 7th Century and eventually took over all of North Africa in the name of Islam. Basically they colonized Egypt all they way across to the West and never left. They stripped the culture, the original languages and their original religions. And yes, the Arabs had plenty of man power to convert and take control.
In the year 624 Mohammed led many successful battles on the Arabian peninsula including the battle of Badr (read up on that one) and by 639 Conquest of Khuizistan led to their first movements into Africa. And all along they were active in the slave trade. Did you know that the slave trade is still active in Arab controlled Mauritania and the Sudan, and Mauritania didnt officially abolish slavery until July 5, 1980. I think the United States abolished it in 1865.
10 - 12 million Africans where taken across the Atlantic to all the Americas, that would include South, Central, North America and the Carribean since 1441. A majority of these slave went to Brazil, not America as many people believe
18 million went to Europe during this same period
14 - 20 million Africans traded by Arabs. That's systemic.
If you doubt the role of Islam in the slave trade, and/or how systemic it was, I recommend that you read the following;
-History of Slavery by Suzanne Everett (good chapter called Crushing the Last Slavers talks all about the role of Islam)
-Slavery in the Arab World by Murray Gordon (entire books talks about Islam engaged and justified slavery the same way Southern White Christians did)
And I know a little bit about the subject and I would almost bet that I have read more books on the topic, been to Africa more times, and sat in enough classes on the subject. If I am wrong about that, forgive me, and I also used to teach on the subject of Race / Ethnicity and Religion for a couple years.