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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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Black, Kinless, and Hungry

Black, Kinless, and Hungry

Manumitted Female Slaves in Khedival Egypt

(p.197) 8 Black, Kinless, and Hungry
Race and Slavery in the Middle East

Terence Walz

Kenneth M. Cuno

American University in Cairo Press

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

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