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Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa: From Honor to Respectability (African Studies)

Professor Elisabeth McMahon

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ISBN 10: 1107025826 / ISBN 13: 9781107025820
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Title: Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Examining the process of abolition on the island of Pemba off the East African coast in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book demonstrates the links between emancipation and the redefinition of honour among all classes of people on the island. By examining the social vulnerability of ex-slaves and the former slave-owning elite caused by the abolition order of 1897, this study argues that moments of resistance on Pemba reflected an effort to mitigate vulnerability rather than resist the hegemonic power of elites or the colonial state. As the meaning of the Swahili word heshima shifted from honour to respectability, individuals' reputations came under scrutiny and the Islamic kadhi and colonial courts became an integral location for interrogating reputations in the community. This study illustrates the ways in which former slaves used piety, reputation, gossip, education, kinship and witchcraft to negotiate the gap between emancipation and local notions of belonging.

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'This detailed, absorbing and thought-provoking study is the most explicit attempt so far to address the aftermath of slavery in East Africa, a topic that has shown up in many previous studies but rarely been the main focus.' Felicitas Becker, H-Soz-Kult

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