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Without Western intervention, the Islamic world would still be sanctioning slavery, and human rights (something that they now pay lip service to) be damned.

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Sesquicentennial Comparisons—Black Slavery in America and Ottoman Turkey

January 1st, 2013 by Andrew Bostom |

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January 1, 2013 marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which set the United States firmly on the path toward the abolition of slavery.

Frederick Douglass, in his autobiography, Life and Times, described how, in his view, Lincoln’s proclamation morphed the Civil War beyond a struggle to preserve the Union, into a transcendent war against slavery:

The first of January, 1863, was a memorable day in the progress of American liberty and civilization. It was the turning-point in the conflict between freedom and slavery. A death blow was then given to the slave-holding rebellion

During a January 13, 1865 speech in New York City, Douglass had elaborated:

The abolition of slavery is the comprehensive and logical object of the war, for it includes everything else which the struggle involves. It is a war for the Union, a war for the Constitution, I admit; but it is logically such a war only in the sense that the greater includes the lesser… An Abolition war, therefore, includes Union, Constitution, Republican institutions, and all else that goes to make up the greatness and glory of our common country. On the other hand, exclude Abolition, and you exclude all else for which you are fighting.

This weekend, I came upon a remarkable lecture/paper presented at the Anthropological Society of London, and published in its Journal (Vol. 8, 1870-1871, pp. 85-96), “On the Negro Slaves in Turkey.” The presentation was not only a very informed analysis of black slavery in Ottoman Turkey, particularly Istanbul, through 1869, but also included a unique contemporaneous, objective comparison of the plight of black slaves in Turkey and America, during that era.

Before illustrating the paper’s background and comparative remarks—apropos to the Emancipation Proclamation sesquicentennial—it is important to note the complete absence of anything resembling a slavery abolition movement within Ottoman Turkey, even during the late 19th century modernization period, through its early 20th century disintegration. As Ehud Toledano concludes in his Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East,

…abolitionism was rejected on the ideological, not merely the political, level.

More here.


7 Responses

  1. OT but on topic – delete that site or avoid hyperlinks.

  2. The UN report on slavery in 1951 said that in Arabia & Yemen 5% of the population were still slaves. Whilst the Americans were working on sending men to the moon, the most islamic societies in the world were still buying slaves.

  3. Tundra, please do a post on the impending deportation of Imran Firasat from Spain. He is an ex-Muslim who is being deported to Pakistan for speaking out against the ‘religion of peace’. There, he will face the death penalty. You can view a letter he wrote to BareNakedIslam on their site, and they hope to get a fund going for his legal costs. GatesofVienna also had a post on this outrage, and since TundraTabloids is one of the most visited counter-Jihad outposts, you would really help to get the word out.

    1. Hi Nobama, I have done repeated posts on Firasat…as more mentions of his case come out, I always do a follow up. Cheers.

  4. Let us not forget the magnificent victory of Field Marshal Kitchener, the Irish-born British Field Marshal, over the army of Abdullah al-Taashi, the successor to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad, in the battles of Battle of Omdurman (1898) and ultimately Umm Diwaykarat (November 25, 1899).

    This heralded the final obliteration of Muhammad Ahmad’s short-lived Sudanese empire, when Anglo-Egyptian forces under the command of Lord Kitchener wiped out what was left of the Mahdist armies under the command of the Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, known as the Khalifa, after the equally successful Battle of Omdurman the previous year.

    It cut supply lines of Arabic/Ottoman slavery which led ultimately to their demise. We should still be celebrating annually.

  5. They can’t wait to have it back. Slavery is an essential part of Mohammedanism. How else can a Mustard get over his inferiority complexes, his inadequacies, his lust for murder and terror?

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