African Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt

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:
African Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt

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Historians have given comparatively more attention to the mamluk and harem slaves of the elite, who often were “white”. Slave labor was used on the privileged estates of the ruling class, especially the sugar plantations of Khedive Ismail, and slaves operated water pumps in Isna province into the last quarter of the century. Slaves were part of their masters' households. Masters saw to the marriage of their slaves, though at a later time in the slaves' lives than was the norm in village society. Some male slaves were married to free Egyptian women, even though that appears to have contravened the rule of status suitability (kafa'a) in marriage.

Keywords: mamluk; plantations; estates; Isna; village society

Chapter.  8621 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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