Sudanese, Habasha, Takarna, and Barabira

Terence Walz and Kenneth M. Cuno

in Race and Slavery in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774163982
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970221 | DOI:
Sudanese, Habasha, Takarna, and Barabira

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There is little accounting of enslaved and emancipated trans-Saharan Africans in the country's cities and villages. The census registers and their history are described by Kenneth Cuno and Michael Reimer and have since been utilized by them and a growing number of scholars. The shaykhs of the residential quarters were relied upon to question the heads of ordinary households about their members. The households of the notables were exempt from the intrusive inquiries of census-takers. The palaces of the ruling family had many more servants and slaves. Ibrahim Pasha's Qasr al-Ali palace, for example, housed 233 slaves, according to Dr. J. Colucci's statistics. While children of free men and slave women were usually identified as free, the children of Egyptian women by still-enslaved men might incorrectly be listed as among the enslaved.

Keywords: enslaved; Africans; shaykhs; servants; statistics

Chapter.  12446 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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