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Slavery: Sub-Saharan Africa
(2,600 words)

Slavery in Africa covers a wide range of practices in different contexts. In the transatlantic slave trade, African slaves sent to the Americas (especially the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean) provided an agricultural labor force in plantations. Men were therefore preferred over women for their strength and fetched a higher price on the slave market. Most slaves of the transatlantic trade followed traditional religions, although some were Muslim. Apart from the transatlantic trade, and …

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Gausset, Quentin, “Slavery: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0278d>
First published online: 2009

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