Plantation Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate

November 2018
9 black and white illustrations
246 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580469388
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS001050, REL037010, SOC054000

Plantation Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate

A Historical and Comparative Study

Mohammed Bashir Salau

A work of synthesis on plantation slavery in nineteenth century Sokoto caliphate, engaging with major debates on internal African slavery, on the meaning of the term "plantation," and on comparative slavery
A large-scale study of plantation slavery in West Africa with a focus on the nineteenth-century Sokoto caliphate, this book draws on diverse sources including oral testimony, Arabic material, and extant scholarly works about the caliphal state. Plantation Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate: A Historical and Comparative Study offers new views on various fundamental issues including the definition of blackness in the Sokoto caliphate, the meaning of the term "plantation," the significance of plantation slavery in the caliphal state, and the role of slavery in the context of African states.

Author Mohammed Bashir Salau analyzes key themes in the history of plantation slavery, especially plantation management and the acquisition, treatment, and control of slaves. Building on this analysis, Salau points to previously unknown ways in which the caliphal state prevented the development of serfdom, arguing that while social and economic factors played a role in the rise of slavery in the Sokoto caliphate, conscious political choice was the major factor for the rise and maintenance of plantation slavery. This study will be of major interest to students and scholars of slavery in Africa in general and in the Sokoto Caliphate in particular; in addition, through its comparative discussion it contributes to the literature on second slavery.

Mohammed Bashir Salau is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

Race and Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate
The Roots of Sokoto Caliphate Plantations
The Course of Sokoto Caliphate Plantation Development
Sokoto Caliphate Plantations: Types, Structure and Characteristics
Sokoto Caliphate Plantations: Observations on Slave Origins, Slave Resistance, and Labor Control
The Significance of Plantations in the Sokoto Caliphate
Plantations in the New World and in Coastal East Africa Compared

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