[Marxism] Benevolent Islam and the Slave Trade
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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