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Slaves of One MasterGlobalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire$
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Matthew S Hopper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300192018

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300192018.001.0001

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Slavery and African Life in Arabia

Slavery and African Life in Arabia

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Slaves of One Master

Matthew S. Hopper

Yale University Press

This chapter addresses aspects of everyday life, particularly family life and labor, among enslaved Africans in the Gulf. It examines how enslaved Africans negotiated the bonds of slavery and interdependence and found ways of resistance. Space for controlling aspects of their own lives was limited, but during the boom in the date and pearl industries around the turn of the century and particularly once the British began to grant manumission certificates, the possibility of flight brought greater leverage to slaves to negotiate their terms of service. This chapter further examines family life among enslaved Africans, particularly how bonds of enslavement affected marriage, concubinage, and childbirth.

Keywords:   Slavery, Enslavement, Slave life, Labor, Abuse, Resistance, Runaway slaves, Family life, Marriage, Concubinage, Concubines

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