By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes
Born to a filthy rich kin in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn acknowledged was once kidnapped and bought into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a well-known North Carolina family members after filling “the partitions of his room with piteous petitions to be published, all written within the Arabic language,” as one neighborhood newspaper suggested. Ibn acknowledged quickly turned a neighborhood superstar, and in 1831 he used to be requested to put in writing his lifestyles tale, generating the one recognized surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, pupil and translator Ala Alryyes deals either a definitive translation and an authoritative version of this singularly very important paintings, lending new insights into the early background of Islam in the United States and exploring the a number of, transferring interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative by means of 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 means of Alryyes’s entire advent, contextual essays and old statement via major literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, photos, maps, and different writings by way of Omar Ibn stated. the result's a useful addition to our figuring out of writings via enslaved american citizens and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” will not be together specific terms.
This variation offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by way of Alryyes’s finished creation and via pictures, maps, and different writings through Omar Ibn acknowledged. the quantity additionally contains contextual essays and historic observation via 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 realizing of writings by means of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't together particular 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