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Slavery: The Gulf and Saudi Arabia
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The experiences, institutions, and patterns of slavery in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia are quite varied and difficult to trace, partly because systematic records are not available. In addition, the broader question of whether all wageless and coerced labor should be recognized as slavery continues to be debated both in the region and beyond (Chatterjee 1999, Cooper 1979). For example, as of 1970, when Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Bu Saidi of Oman took power from his father, one British official acknow…

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Limbert, Mandana, “Slavery: The Gulf and Saudi Arabia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0416>
First published online: 2009

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