New PDF release: A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said

By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes

Born to a prosperous relations in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn stated was once kidnapped and bought into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a favourite North Carolina relations after filling “the partitions of his room with piteous petitions to be published, all written within the Arabic language,” as one neighborhood newspaper suggested. Ibn stated quickly grew to become an area famous person, and in 1831 he was once requested to put in writing his lifestyles tale, generating the one recognized surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.

    In A Muslim American Slave, pupil and translator Ala Alryyes bargains either a definitive translation and an authoritative version of this singularly very important paintings, lending new insights into the early background of Islam in the USA and exploring the a number of, moving interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative through the nineteenth-century missionaries, ethnographers, and intellectuals who championed it.

    This variation provides the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented via Alryyes’s entire creation, contextual essays and ancient statement through top literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, pictures, maps, and different writings through Omar Ibn stated. the result's a useful addition to our knowing of writings through enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” should not jointly specific terms.

    This version offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by means of Alryyes’s entire creation and through pictures, maps, and different writings by means of Omar Ibn stated. the amount additionally comprises contextual essays and historic observation by way of literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora: Michael A. Gomez, Allan D. Austin, Robert J. Allison, Sylviane A. Diouf, Ghada Osman, and Camille F. Forbes.  the result's a useful addition to our realizing of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't collectively unique terms.

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