“My Ninth Master was a European”

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:
“My Ninth Master was a European”

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Many enslaved Africans lived in households headed by Europeans in Cairo and Alexandria during the nineteenth century. African slaves who were owned by the Europeans were generally Christians by culture, if not always by frequent church attendance. They were often diplomats, doctors, merchants, military officers, or employees of the Egyptian government. As migrants to Egypt, European masters and African slaves alike acculturated to local views and practices. The practice of taking a slave wife has counterparts in other cross-cultural and colonial situations, and similar domestic arrangements were made by Egyptian men with African slave women. The working-class Saint-Simonian Voilquin and the high-society Saint Elme each elicited interesting, detailed, and intimate information from their male and female sources about the lives of African slaves in European households.

Keywords: Cairo; diplomats; merchants; African slaves; Saint Elme

Chapter.  10531 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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