[Marxism] Benevolent Islam and the Slave Trade

nada dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 07:46:16 MDT 2009

I think the point of S. Art. perspective at the level of *culture* is 
essentially correct. And, btw, there ARE good things about the Ottoman 
Empire essentially becoming the locus for science and culture being 
snuffed out by Christian Europe.

Having said that Mr. Choke's points are well taken. The relatively short 
run of the slave trade of Britain, France, Spain, U.S. et al, was 
'small' and short lived in comparison to the rather longer running slave 
trade by Arab Moslem countries. If you all remember that debate 10 years 
ago or so with Prof. Jeffries who tried to pin the slave trade on Jews 
as if it didn't exist outside the European slave trade.

However, while slavery is slavery to slaves, a brutish, inhuman form 
exploitation, *chattel* slavery of the European variety was was 
industrialized slavery that propelled modern Europe into the 17th 
Century and beyond. In this sense the *role* it played in history is 
very, very different.


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