Slavery in Modern Islam

By Bernie on 21 Sep 2010

white slavery in Islam
More images at White Slavery Gallery

Slavery has been abolished in almost every country in the world. However, the practice still continues in a number of countries.

  1. Mauritania is 100% Muslim

    It is also a country with the largest proportion of its population in slavery, about 20% of the population. From Wikipedia:

    Slavery in Mauritania is an entrenched phenomenon the national government has repeatedly tried to abolish, banning the practice in 1905, 1981, and August 2007. The descendants of black Africans abducted into slavery now live in Mauritania as "black Moors" or haratin and partially still serve the "white Moors", or bidhan (Arab Muslims), as slaves.

    The number of slaves in the country was not known exactly, but is was estimated to be up to 600,000 men, women and children, or 20% of the population of 3,069,000 people. Even though slavery is illegal, sociologist Kevin Bales believes that Mauritania is the country with the largest proportion of its population in slavery.

  2. Sudan is 70% Muslim

    According to Wikipedia:

    Slavery in the Sudan predates Islam, but continued under Islamic rulers and has never completely died out in Sudan. In the Sudan, Christian and animist captives in the civil war are often enslaved, and female prisoners are often used sexually, with their Muslim captors claiming that Islamic law grants them permission.

    According to CBS news, slaves have been sold for $50 a piece. In 2001 CNN reported the Bush administration was under pressure from Congress, including conservative Christians concerned about religious oppression and slavery, to address issues involved in the Sudanese conflict. CNN has also quoted the U.S. State Department's allegations: "The [Sudanese] government's support of slavery and its continued military action which has resulted in numerous deaths are due in part to the victims' religious beliefs.

  3. Mali is 90% Muslim

    According to the U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009:

    Mali is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation. In Mali, victims are trafficked from rural areas to urban centers, agricultural zones, and artisanal mining sites. Victims are also trafficked between Mali and other West African countries. Some notable destination countries for Malian child victims are Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria.

    Women and girls are trafficked primarily for domestic servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced prostitution, while boys are trafficked for forced begging and forced labor in gold mines and agricultural settings both within Mali and to neighboring countries. Reports in the last year indicate that Malian boys and girls are trafficked to Senegal and Guinea for labor in gold mines and to Cote d’Ivoire for forced labor on cotton and cocoa farms. Boys from Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and other countries are trafficked by Koranic masters within Mali and across borders for forced begging and other forms of forced labor.

    Adult men and boys, primarily of Songhai ethnicity, are subjected to the longstanding practice of debt bondage in the salt mines of Taoudenni in northern Mali. Some members of Mali’s black Tamachek community are subjected to traditional slavery-related practices rooted in hereditary master-slave relationships.

  4. Chad is 53% Muslim

    According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

    IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports children being sold to Arab herdsmen in Chad. As part of a new identity imposed on them the herdsmen "...change their name, forbid them to speak in their native dialect, ban them from conversing with people from their own ethnic group and make them adopt Islam as their religion.

  5. Niger is 80% Muslim

    According to Wikipedia:

    In Niger, where the practice of slavery was outlawed in 2003, a study found that almost 8% of the population are still slaves. Slavery dates back for centuries in Niger and was finally criminalised in 2003, after five years of lobbying by Anti-Slavery International and the Nigerian human-rights group Timidria. More than 870,000 people still live in conditions of forced labour, according to Timidria, a local human rights group.

  6. Nigeria is 75% Muslim

    At least one million Nigerian children are sold into internal and external slavery annually, according to experts who say this has put the country on an odious list of the world’s eight worst abusers of the rights of children.

    According to U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2009:

    Nigeria is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation.

    Within Nigeria, women and girls are trafficked primarily for domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation. Boys are trafficked for forced labor in street vending, agriculture, mining, stone quarries, and as domestic servants. Religious teachers also traffic boys, called almajiri, for forced begging. Women, girls, and boys are trafficked from Nigeria to other West and Central African countries, primarily Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Chad, Benin, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, and The Gambia, for the same purposes listed above.

    Benin is a primary source country for boys and girls trafficked for forced labor in Nigeria’s granite quarries. Nigerian women and girls are trafficked through Libya, Morocco, and Algeria to Europe, primarily for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, and to the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, for forced prostitution and forced labor. While Italy is the primary European destination country for Nigerian victims, other common destinations are Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, France, and Greece. Children from Nigeria and other African countries are trafficked from Lagos to the UK’s urban centers for domestic servitude and forced labor in restaurants and shops.

I could continue to document another few dozen countries, but it is not necessary; It is very simple and easy to know whether there is slavery in a particular country: if a country is Muslim majority, then there is slavery in that country.

I have had Muslim readers leaving comments that forced servitude is not slavery. And even if they are slaves, they are treated well.

Just wait for the comments to appear below, excusing slavery in Islam by saying that slavery is an age-old institution, that Islam forced masters to treat their slaves well, that there is no slavery in Islam today.

Anyone may republish this article for non-commercial use without asking my permission. I make it easy, see details here.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
If this is your first time here, please read my Comment Policy HERE.

comments powered by Disqus



Email Me

FAQ/About Me


Site Policies


My Articles in Danish

Follow Me:

Special Offer For My Muslim Readers: Please subscribe to Planck's Constant Blog. We guarantee a 100% increase in your intelligence.

subscribe to my Feedvia RSS Feed

subscribe to comment Feedvia my Comments Feed

Visit my Pinterest pagevia my Pinterest Feed


Shameless Advertising

This is what Bernie is Reading Now

For Previous Books Click Here.

Buttons & Widgets

Older Buttons

View My Stats

Blogs That Link to Me:

A collection of things...
Always on Watch
Americans Stand with Israel
Animal Magnetism
Apropos of Nothing
Bare Naked Islam
Basil’s Blog
Blazing Cat Fur
Blogging for a free world
Celestial Offerings
Cmblake6's Weblog
Commonsense & Wonder
Conservative Thoughts
Cosmic Cogitations
Cristy Li
Daily Blasphemies
David Drake
DragonLady’s World
Elder of Ziyon
Empyreum Cœlum
Fausta’s Blog
Fiery Spirited Zionist
Gates of Vienna
Gummihund/ Rubberdog and a proud Orangutan
Hard to Swallow
Hodjanernes Blog
Infidel Bloggers Alliance
Intergalactic Source of Truth
Iron Burka
Israel Matzav
Jewish Preppers
Leather Penguin
Maggie’s Notebook
MFS - The Other News
Monkey in the Middle
My Gripes of Wrath
My Newz 'n Ideas
News on the March
Nicholas Hunter Folkes
No Apology
nothing to laugh at
Oswald Bastable’s Ranting
Outside the Camp
Perigo Islâmico (In Portuguese)
Pirate's Cove
pislamonausea Central
Project 2,996
Prune Juice Media
Ramrock's Blog (In Spanish)
Right Nation
Right Pundits
Right Truth
Rosemary’s Thoughts
Sherryx’s Weblog
Silicon Valley Redneck
Simply Jews
Smooth Stone
So Far, So Good ...So What!
Squid Thoughts
Stop Islamic Conquest
Sunday Morning Coffee
Tales of a Wandering Mind
The Amboy Times
The Astute Bloggers
The Christian Defender
The Infidel Task Force
The Lunatic's Asylum
The Mindset
The Old Curmudgeon
The Political Commentator
The Right Nation
The Sandman
The Sassy Tn’T PoLITicallY InCorrect
The Tao of Torah and Rebbi Nachman.
The Unreligious Right
Theo Spark
Third World County
Thoughts From A Seared Conscience
Thunder Pig
usa stands with israel
Veritas Universalis
Western Civilization and Culture
wine women and transcendence
Working the Web
Xanthippa's Chamberpot
Zilla of the Resistance