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Race and Slavery in the Middle EastHistories of Trans-Saharan Africans in 19th-Century Egypt, Sudan, and
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Terence Walz and Kenneth M. Cuno

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163982

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163982.001.0001

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Sudanese, Habasha, Takarna, and Barabira

Sudanese, Habasha, Takarna, and Barabira

Trans-Saharan Africans in Cairo as Shown in the 1848 Census*

(p.43) 2 Sudanese, Habasha, Takarna, and Barabira
Race and Slavery in the Middle East

Terence Walz

Kenneth M. Cuno

American University in Cairo Press

There is little accounting of enslaved and emancipated trans-Saharan Africans in the country's cities and villages. The census registers and their history are described by Kenneth Cuno and Michael Reimer and have since been utilized by them and a growing number of scholars. The shaykhs of the residential quarters were relied upon to question the heads of ordinary households about their members. The households of the notables were exempt from the intrusive inquiries of census-takers. The palaces of the ruling family had many more servants and slaves. Ibrahim Pasha's Qasr al-Ali palace, for example, housed 233 slaves, according to Dr. J. Colucci's statistics. While children of free men and slave women were usually identified as free, the children of Egyptian women by still-enslaved men might incorrectly be listed as among the enslaved.

Keywords:   enslaved, Africans, shaykhs, servants, statistics

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