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Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Enquiry

Bernard Lewis


From the time of Moses up to the 1960s, slavery was a fact of life in the Middle East. But if the Middle East was the last region to renounce slavery, how do we account for its — and especially Islam's — image of racial harmony? This book explores these questions. The research presented in this book was first undertaken as part of a group project on tolerance and intolerance in human societies. The group project was never completed but the material gathered for the project on Islam stimulated the book's study of race and slavery in the Middle East, a subject that appears to have so far encoura ... More

Keywords: slavery, Middle East, Islam, racial harmony, tolerance, intolerance, human societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195053265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195053265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Lewis, author
Annenburg Institute, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University