By Omar Ibn Said,Ala Alryyes
Born to a filthy rich family members in West Africa round 1770, Omar Ibn acknowledged used to be kidnapped and offered into slavery within the usa, the place he got here to the eye of a favourite North Carolina kin 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 grew to become an area megastar, and in 1831 he used to be requested to write down his existence tale, generating the single identified surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic.
In A Muslim American Slave, pupil and translator Ala Alryyes bargains either a definitive translation and an authoritative version of this singularly very important paintings, lending new insights into the early heritage of Islam in the US and exploring the a number of, moving interpretations of Ibn Said’s narrative by way of the nineteenth-century missionaries, ethnographers, and intellectuals who championed it.
This variation offers the English translation on pages dealing with facsimile pages of Ibn Said’s Arabic narrative, augmented through Alryyes’s complete advent, contextual essays and historic statement via major literary critics and students of Islam and the African diaspora, pictures, maps, and different writings by means of Omar Ibn stated. the result's a useful addition to our figuring out of writings by way of enslaved americans and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't at the same time particular 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 entire creation and through pictures, maps, and different writings by way of Omar Ibn acknowledged. the quantity additionally contains contextual essays and historic statement by way of 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 knowing of writings by means of enslaved american citizens and a well timed reminder that “Islam” and “America” aren't jointly specific 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