By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes
Born to a prosperous relations in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn stated was once kidnapped and bought into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a widespread North Carolina family members after filling “the partitions of his room with piteous petitions to be published, all written within the Arabic language,” as one neighborhood newspaper suggested. Ibn acknowledged quickly grew to become an area famous person, and in 1831 he was once requested to jot down his lifestyles tale, generating the one identified surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, pupil and translator Ala Alryyes deals either a definitive translation and an authoritative variation of this singularly vital paintings, lending new insights into the early background of Islam in the USA and exploring the a number of, moving interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative through the nineteenth-century missionaries, ethnographers, and intellectuals who championed it.
This variation offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by means of Alryyes’s accomplished advent, contextual essays and old observation by means of best literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, pictures, maps, and different writings by means of Omar Ibn acknowledged. the result's a useful addition to our figuring out of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't at the same time specific terms.
This version provides the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by means of Alryyes’s finished creation and by way of photos, maps, and different writings by means of Omar Ibn acknowledged. the quantity additionally comprises contextual essays and historic remark through literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora: Michael A. Gomez, Allan D. Austin, Robert J. Allison, Sylviane A. Diouf, Ghada Osman, and Camille F. Forbes. the result's a useful addition to our realizing of writings via enslaved american citizens and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't jointly specific terms.
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A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) by Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes