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There are lots of topics on slavery and Islam on this forum and elsewhere. But this one is not like other.

 

 

 

Is there slavery in Islam? When people pose this question they usually assume it’s the Islam part that needs clarification. Everyone already knows what slavery is. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The Islam part is relatively straightforward. The real problem is trying to pin down what we mean by slavery. The more we scratch the surface of that word and try to define its reality, the more we find that our assumptions and even our words fail us. What we think we mean by slavery means little outside our own American experience, and the moment we try to fix what slavery is as a human phenomenon we find a hall of mirrors reflecting our own assumptions back at us. We all think we know what slavery is, but would we really know slavery if we saw it?

 

https://yaqeeninstitute.org/abdullah-hamid/the-problem-of-slavery/

 

 

Author apparently got lot of heat for writing this, including from Muslims: http://muslimmatters.org/2017/02/16/apology-without-apologetics-jonathan-brown/

 

 

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dude slavery still means you physically own somebody at the end of the day.

 

the real question you have to ask yourself is if you find that morally acceptable.

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dude slavery still means you physically own somebody at the end of the day.

 

the real question you have to ask yourself is if you find that morally acceptable.

don't be so gay. read.

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What I find interesting, outside the horrific slavery of the Spanish of indigenous peoples and the dehumanizing slavery of the Africans by Americans, slavery was a viable option for people destitute. One could sell oneself, for a set period. Or, if taken as a slave in war, earn freedom. Often, children of slaves were not slaves after majority and all could rise in rank and even earn money. It was a way to not starve.

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