Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa (African Studies) (Paperback)

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Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa (African Studies) (Paperback)

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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 honor 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 meanings of the Swahili word heshima shifted from honor 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781107533783
ISBN-10: 1107533783
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2015
Pages: 302
Language: English
Series: African Studies