Chapter

Black, Kinless, and Hungry

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163982.003.0009
Black, Kinless, and Hungry

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Saluma, a Sudanese freed slave, knocked on a stranger's door in the Palestinian village of Tira in the Ottoman province of Nablus on a summer day in in 1877. She had been kidnapped from Cairo about five months earlier. She had a common slave-name, and this was probably given to her by her enslavers. Her original name and the original names of other similar slaves might have long been forgotten. Many manumission did not entail severance of owner-slave relations, as these continued in the form of patronage without bondage. Freed slaves often remained attached to the manumitter's household and rendered services to their former owner in exchange for social and economic protection. Manumitted slaves were allowed to own property, to hold office, and to fully engage in economic, political, and social life, sometimes engaging in the same trade as their former masters.

Keywords: Tira; Nablus; manumission; bondage; masters

Chapter.  7433 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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