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Illuminating the legacy of slavery in the region where it lasted longest, from the days of warrior slaves and palace eunuchs and concubines to the final drive for abolition, Bernard Lewis examines the romantic myth of the Middle East as a racial utopia. With twenty four rare and intriguing full-color illustrations, this fascinating study describes the Middle East's culture of slavery and the evolution of racial prejudice. Lewis shows that while Islam clearly teaches non-discrimination, prejudice often won out over pious sentiments, and he explores in detail how Africans were treated, depicted, and thought of from late antiquity to the twentieth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195053265
ISBN-10: 0195053265
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 150mm x 18mm)
Pages: 193
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 30-Apr-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of several books, including The Muslim Discovery of Europe, The Assassins, and The Political Language of Islam

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