African and Muslim Intellectual Tidiane N’Diaye’s Denunciation of Muslims Enslaving Africans in his Book “The Veiled Genocide”
The Book about the Muslim Enslavement of Africans called “The Veiled Genocide”(2008)
Tidiane N´Diaye is a Muslim and an African,a Senegalese intellectual who has written “The Veiled Genocide”.He shows the cover-up of the Arab-Muslim slave trade by Muslims and yes,by Africans also, denounces the attempt to place all of the blame for slavery on Western countries, and calls the atrocities committed by Muslims to Africans as genocide.
An Overview of Slavery in Africa
1.It existed for hundreds of years among Africans before the legal European slave trade of 1450-1810,and the illegal one,which lasted till 1860.
2.The great majority of Africans were not captured by Europeans but sold to them by other Africans.
3.Some 10-12 million Africans were taken to the Americas,with a death rate of 10-12% across the Atlantic.About 66% of those taken were men,and their life expectancy was 7 years in the sugar plantations of Brazil and the Caribbean.
The Different Nature of the Muslim Slave Trade
1.It lasted alot longer.Muslims engaged in the enslavement of Africans from the 7th century till the late 19th century and enslaved more Africans than the Europeans.
2.About 66% of Africans were women,to be used as sex slaves.
3.It could be 120 million black Africans died to produce the 17-20 million Africans slaves used by Muslims in over 1300 years,with an 80-90% death rate in 4 weeks across the Sahara desert,plus those killed in raids to capture slaves.
4.Most of the African men were castrated to serve as eunuchs in the harems.A harem was a collection of non-Muslim women who served as sex-slaves for rich Muslim men.
Here it gives the reasons why they calculate 270 million Hindus,African animists,Christians and Buddhists have been killed by Muslims.
While here is a Critique of the Figure
The book by African and Christian John Alembillah Azumah about Islam and Slavery
It is called “The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa” (2001) and tells of the Muslim enslavement of Africans.It states:
1.Muslims considered Black males such a potential sexual threat to Muslim women that they had Black male slaves doubly castrated. To be explicit, not only were the testicles cut off, but the penis was cut off at the base too.
2.The mortality (death) rate from this operation was estimated at 70 to 80%.
3.The transport survival rate was less than 1 in 3, Dr. John Alembellah Azumah estimates that perhaps 50 to 80 million more died along the way.
The Koran does allow Freeing Slaves but make it Conditional
If the master thinks the slave deserves it he frees a slave.
“And let those who find not the means to marry be abstinent till God enriches them of His bounty.
1.Those your right hands own (Note:slaves) who seek emancipation, contract with them accordingly
2.If you know some good in them (Note:if you think the slave deserves freedom)
And give them of the wealth of God that He has given you. And constrain not your slave-girls to prostitution, if they desire to live in chastity, that you may seek the chance goods of the present life. Whosoever constrains them, surely God, after their being constrained, is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”
It is also made implicit in this verse:
“O Prophet, say to the captives (Note:people made slaves in war) in your hands:
1. “If God knows of any good in your hearts (Note:if you deserve it)
2.He will give you better than what has been taken from you
(Note:they had just been made slaves,their freedom had been taken away) ,
and He will forgive you; surely God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.” ”
“You are taking the verses out of context”
They mean to say that there is something:
1.In the 23-year career of Muhammad and/or
2.In the Muslim traditions,
That limit the existence of slavery to Muhammad’s lifetime,the for Muhammad slavery was to be gradually abolished.That is not true.We know because after Muhammad died in 632 he was succeeded by:
a)Abu Bekr,his father-in-law (ruled 632-634)
b)Omar (one of Muhammad’s generals and friends)(ruled 634-644,assasinated)
c)Othman(another of Muhammad’s friends)(ruled 644-656,assasinated)
d)Ali,the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad,married to Fatima,Muhammad’s daughter( ruled from 656-661,and was later assasinated).
There is nothing in the documents about the friends and relatives of Muhammad that say they were for abolishing slavery,that it was only temporary,etc.
Here are All the Koranic Verses on Slavery