By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes
Born to a filthy rich family members in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn stated used to be kidnapped and bought into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a well-known North Carolina kinfolk after filling “the partitions of his room with piteous petitions to be published, all written within the Arabic language,” as one neighborhood newspaper stated. Ibn stated quickly turned an area famous person, and in 1831 he used to be requested to jot down his existence tale, generating the single recognized surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, pupil and translator Ala Alryyes bargains either a definitive translation and an authoritative variation of this singularly vital paintings, lending new insights into the early historical past of Islam in the US and exploring the a number of, moving interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative through the nineteenth-century missionaries, ethnographers, and intellectuals who championed it.
This version provides the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by way of Alryyes’s finished advent, contextual essays and historic observation through best literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, images, maps, and different writings by way of Omar Ibn acknowledged. the result's a useful addition to our knowing of writings through enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” usually are not at the same time unique terms.
This variation offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented through Alryyes’s finished creation and by way of images, maps, and different writings via Omar Ibn acknowledged. the amount additionally contains contextual essays and ancient remark by means of 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 knowing of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” should not collectively unique 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