So many people blame Whites for slavery and for the evils of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. But there was another slave trade, that continues to this day, which was much worse, and far more brutal… which could be called the African Holocaust.
Slavery has existed for almost as long as humans have existed, sad but true. In the time of the ancient Greeks it was debt slavery, if you became indebted to someone, you could pay off the debt by ‘working it off’ i.e. becoming their slave for a short while… not very… civilised is it?
Yet, that was far more ‘civilised‘ than was the case of other cultures.
In this article I’ll tackle the history surrounding the Arab slave trade, specifically its effects on the Dark Continent.
Where does the word ‘slave’ come from?
In his great book, Slaves and Slavery, published in 1998, the British writer Duncan Clarke wrote about how the practice came about and how it evolved.
“The most important source of slaves in medieval Europe,” Clarke reveals, “was the coast of Bosnia on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The word ‘slave’ and its cognates in most modern European languages is itself derived from ‘sclavus’ meaning ‘slav’, the ethnic name for the inhabitants of this region…
“For various reasons, including the harshness of the terrain and endemic warfare among local clans, Bosnia proved the most convenient and long-lasting of these slave-supplying regions. Whichever clan gained a temporary upper hand was always willing to sell its captured rivals in exchange for the goods of the Mediterranean world in the markets of the ancient Romanised city of Ragusa (present day Dubrovnik). From there, Slavs were shipped as slaves by Venetian merchants, to supply new markets in the Islamic world.”
Thus, “for the Islamic world,” Clarke goes on, “Slavs provided the major source of slaves in the 250 or so years between the defeat at the battle of Poitiers in AD 732 that forced the consolidation of their dramatic conquests across North Africa and the Iberian peninsula, cutting back the flow of war captives, and the expansion of the import of black Africans across the Sahara from around AD 1000.”
According to Robert Davis in his wonderful book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters, the Mohammedans took anywhere from 1 to 1.25 million White slaves from 1500 to 1800. That’s about 9 to 12 slaves per day. “
“In fact, as little as a century ago, the white slave trade in the Muslim world was so common that there were international treaties signed in 1904 and 1910 calling for its suppression. Naturally, almost no Muslim nations signed.”
So we see, that “Slave” comes from “Slav”, specifically the South Slavs of the Balkan Peninsula. Of course, slavery existed before this in many forms, but too few people know this fact. Black Africans are just the… most recent example of large scale slavery, and because of this most people only think of them, forgetting the wider history.
Here’s a fun fact: “In English we have the expression “the coast is clear.” Why are we so concerned about coasts being clear? Because for centuries Muslim slave-raiders in their speedy corsairs would abduct white Christians along the coasts of Southern and Western Europe. “
The Numbers of the African Holocaust
In his book “Prisons & Slavery,” John Dewar Gleissner wrote: “The Arabs’ treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire’s Sahara salt mines.”
The famous American economist and writer Thomas Sowell wrote: “The region of West Africa … was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent — before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere. … Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe.”
The extent of the African Holocaust is difficult to accurately estimate because of a lack of records. But much research into this topic has been done.
Historian Paul Lovejoy estimates that some 9.85 million Africans were shipped out as slaves to Arabia. He breaks his figures down this way:
- Between AD 650 and 1600, an average of 5,000 Africans were shipped out by the Arabs. This roughly equals a total of 7.25 million.
- Then, from 1600 to 1800, another 1.4 million Africans were shipped out by the Arabs. The 19th century represented the highest point of the Arabian trade where 12,000 Africans were shipped out every year. The total figure for the 19th century alone was 1.2 million slaves to Arabia. Bear in mind that these are huge numbers for these periods of time. As the mega populations of contemporary times did not yet exist.
- So, if we look at the numbers, Arabia’s 9.85 million is not far behind the conservative estimate of nearly 12 million African victims of the Atlantic slave trade.
The numbers are disputed and here are some academics who claim they were far higher like Dr. John Alembellah Azumah who, in his 2001 book, The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa estimates that over 80 million Black people died en route to Arabia.
The reason why we don’t see almost any Black people in the Middle East is because Arab slave traders typically dealt in the sale of castrated male slaves. Black boys between the age of 8 and 12 had their scrota and penises completely amputated to prevent them from reproducing. One in six died from bleeding in this way.
Why don’t we hear about the African Holocaust that was perpetuated by the Arabs? Methinks it has something to do with the multikulti agenda.
The End of Slavery
But, wouldn’t you know it, one day Europeans would be the ones to ban and stop this evil practice throughout the world. And in world history we are the only civilisation who did this.
Abolitionism, (1783–1888), in western Europe and the Americas, is the movement chiefly responsible for creating the emotional climate necessary for ending the transatlantic slave trade and chattel slavery.
“People of every race and colour were enslaved — and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.” – Sowell.
Here is a short poem from that era:
“We have no slaves at home. –Then why abroad? And they themselves once ferried o’er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos’d. Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free, They touch our country and their shackles fall.
That’s noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through ev’ry vein Of all your empire. That where Britain’s power Is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too.”
– 1785, English poet William Cowper
In 1834, with the Slavery Abolition Act, Britain ended slavery in her empire and later after spending millions of pounds and thousands of lives, the world.
Here is some further listening for anyone who is interested.
It’s of worth to point out that in the history of the entire world, of humanity, only Europeans thought to end slavery and only we did. There were many other empires before ours, perhaps capable of this feat, but they chose not to do so. We did. It’s something to be damn proud of!