By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes
Born to a filthy rich kin in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn acknowledged was once kidnapped and bought into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a in demand 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 stated quickly grew to become a neighborhood star, and in 1831 he used to be requested to jot down his lifestyles tale, generating the single identified surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, student and translator Ala Alryyes deals either a definitive translation and an authoritative version of this singularly very important paintings, lending new insights into the early historical past of Islam in the USA and exploring the a number of, moving interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative by way of 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 through Alryyes’s finished creation, contextual essays and ancient remark by way of best literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, pictures, maps, and different writings via Omar Ibn acknowledged. the result's a useful addition to our knowing of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” usually are not at the same time particular terms.
This version offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by means of Alryyes’s entire advent and through photos, maps, and different writings by means of Omar Ibn stated. the quantity additionally contains contextual essays and historic observation via 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 figuring out of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” should not at the same time particular 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