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A Muslim American Slave

The Life of Omar Ibn Said
A Muslim American Slave
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Born to a wealthy family in West Africa around 1770, Omar Ibn Said was abducted and sold into slavery in the United States, where he came to the attention of a prominent North Carolina family after filling “the walls of his room with piteous petitions to be released, all written in the Arabic language,” as one local newspaper reported. Ibn Said soon became a local celebrity, and in 1831 he was asked to write his life story, producing the only known surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, scholar and translator Ala Alryyes offers both a definitive translation and an authoritative edition of this singularly important work, lending new insights into the early history of Islam in America and exploring the multiple, shifting interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative by the nineteenth-century missionaries, ethnographers, and intellectuals who championed it.
This edition presents the English translation on pages facing facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by Alryyes’s comprehensive introduction, contextual essays and historical commentary by leading literary critics and scholars of Islam and the African diaspora, photographs, maps, and other writings by Omar Ibn Said. The result is an invaluable addition to our understanding of writings by enslaved Americans and a timely reminder that “Islam” and “America” are not mutually exclusive terms.
This edition presents the English translation on pages facing facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented by Alryyes’s comprehensive introduction and by photographs, maps, and other writings by Omar Ibn Said. The volume also includes contextual essays and historical commentary by literary critics and scholars 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 is an invaluable addition to our understanding of writings by enslaved Americans and a timely reminder that “Islam” and “America” are not mutually exclusive terms.


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This authoritative edition and translation of the only surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic offers an invaluable addition to our understanding of the literature written by enslaved Americans and a timely reminder that “Islam” and “America” are not mutually exclusive terms.



Authors: Said, Omar ibn, 1770?-1863 or 1864
Statement of Responsibility: translated from the Arabic, edited, and with an introduction by Ala Alryyes
Title: A Muslim American slave
the life of Omar Ibn Said
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2011
Characteristics: xii, 222 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Sold by: University of Wisconsin Press
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Other Language: English translations on pages facing facsim. pages of Arabic text
Subject Headings: Slavery United States History Sources African American Muslims North Carolina Biography Slaves North Carolina Biography Slaves' writings, American Slave narratives North Carolina Said, Omar ibn, 1770?-1863 or 1864
Topical Term: Black author
Slavery
African American Muslims
Slaves
Slaves' writings, American
Slave narratives
Local Subject Heading: Black author
Additional Contributors: Alryyes, Ala A. - 1963-
LCCN: 2010044625
ISBN: 0299249530
9780299249533
0299249549
9780299249540
Research Call Number: Sc D 11-1186
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