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    Arabs took had as many slaves as Westerners

    Just been reading a really interesting article in The Week about slavery. Apparently the white slave trade was quite widespread in the Arab world, Arab pirate ships would raid coastal villages and kidnap people to be sold in bazaars and markets, apparently this continued for hundreds of years with hundreds of thousands of european slaves ending up in Arab households!

    Also I never realised that the Arabs took 14 million black slaves from Africa from the 11th to 15th century, which is roughly the same as the amount taken by Europeans! Funny how large parts of history are forgotten...

    Also slavery was only abolished in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s! Its also still legal other parts of the Arab world such as Sudan and Mauritania...Mediaeval culture I tells ya!

    Anyone else read The Week? Very good current affairs magazine I think!

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    Soooooooooooooooooo


    we did it, they did it, everyone did did it.........and.....??!!

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    Not trying to make any point here, just thought it was interesting...

    Noone really knows about the Arab slave trade or the white slaves, well at least I didn't till today! Maybe Im just a history nerd...

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    You're not trying to make a point are you?
    Sick to death of the fekking wedding already.

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    Originally posted by groovechampion
    Not trying to make any point here, just thought it was interesting...

    Noone really knows about the Arab slave trade or the white slaves, well at least I didn't till today! Maybe Im just a history nerd...
    So did the Romans and the Egyptians... I think slavery must have occured in most cultures at some time... or at least the more technologically/scientifically advanced cultures.
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    I knew that.


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    Originally posted by Aladdin
    You're not trying to make a point are you?
    No point whatsoever!

    Its just an interesting part of history that for some reason isnt as well documented.

    I thought it was interesting anyway, a lot of people assume that slave trade was confined to ancient Rome and the US. There were in fact loads of white slaves - weird no?
    Last edited by groovechampion; 30-03-2004 at 05:21 PM.

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    Originally posted by groovechampion
    No point whatsoever!

    Its just an interesting part of history that for some reason isnt as well documented.

    I thought it was interesting anyway, a lot of people assume that slave trade was confined to ancient Rome and the US. There were in fact loads of white slaves - weird no?
    Then again a lot of people still think Jesus was white.
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    Originally posted by MoonRat
    Then again a lot of people still think Jesus was white.
    You reminded me of Dogma (my second favourite movie).
    "The exposure of truth sometimes results in tragedy... However! No matter how tragic the truth may be, it would be an even greater tragedy to avert one's eyes from it." ~Miles Edgeworth
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    Originally posted by MoonRat
    Then again a lot of people still think Jesus was white.
    Yeah thats Hollywoodisation of history for ya!

    People think St.George was white too, he was black!

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    and here in the good old uk we have gangmasters in the 21st century ...

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    Originally posted by morrocan roll
    and here in the good old uk we have gangmasters in the 21st century ...
    Yeah good point.

    Not quite as bad as slavery though.

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    Originally posted by groovechampion
    Yeah good point.

    Not quite as bad as slavery though.
    Not that different from it either. We should know better. Did anyone watch Holidays in the Danger Zone on BBC4 last night? There was some interesting stuff about how slave traders got the slaves in the first place.....

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