n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The African diaspora within Africa and the impact of slavery and stigma in the Islamic society : a case study of Somalia

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


Certain proponents of slavery in the Islamic world assert that slaves exported from East Africa to the Arabian Peninsula or areas under Arabian domain within Africa were in fact acquired not for agricultural economic purposes but rather for domestic labor. According to some scholars, this facilitated the integration of former slaves more thoroughly into Islamic communities than into the Atlantic slaveholding communities. However, while the theory of integration may hold true, at least in part, historical evidence suggests this may not be true in the case of the Bantu/Jareer population in the Horn of Africa, the main focus of this paper. Therefore, using the Bantu/Jareer population of southern Somalia as a case study, this paper explores the contradictions prevalent in integration theory, the impact of slavery as a social institution, and the economic functions the slaves performed in Islamic countries.

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