Introduction: What Is Islamic About Slavery in the Islamic World?
Scholars of slavery in the Islamic world of the Middle East and North Africa arrived as late-comers to the field of slavery studies and have, therefore, inherited a large body of research with various approaches to the subject that have informed the study of slavery in the Islamic world. One of the goals for this collection is to determine where slavery in the Islamic world fits within the global history of slavery and the various models that have been developed to analyze it. To that end, the proposed volume will also focus on a question about Islamic slavery that has frequently been asked but not answered satisfactorily, namely, what is Islamic about slavery in the Islamic world. Another goal is to contribute to the scholarly research on slavery in the Islamic lands, which continues to be understudied and under-represented in global slavery studies.