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Slavery: East Asia and Southeast Asia
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Slavery in Asia

The myriad forms of bondage and unfreedom in the diverse social systems of Asia are expressed under a similar variety of vernacular terms, only some of which should rightly be translated as slavery. A definition of a slave is required, as a person of inferior status, regarded as the saleable property of another, for whom she or he performs obligatory work. Such…

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Reid, Anthony, “Slavery: East Asia and Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0278a>
First published online: 2009

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