Primary Sources On This Website

Primary Sources Elsewhere

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  • Austen, Ralph A. “The Mediterranean Islamic Slave Trade out of Africa: A Tentative Census.” Slavery and Abolition 13, no. 1 (1992): 214-248. 
  • Bennett, Herman. African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.
  • Campbell, Gwyn. “East Africa in the Early Indian Ocean World Slave Trade: The Zanj Revolt Reconsidered.” In Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World, edited by Gwyn Cambpell, 275–303. Cham: Palgrave, 2016.
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  • Edwards, David N. “Slavery and Slaving in the Medieval and Post-Medieval Kingdoms of the Middle Nile.” In Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, edited by Paul J. Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald, 79-108. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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  • Finneran, Niall. “The Invisible Archaeology of Slavery in the Horn of Africa?” In Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, edited by Paul J. Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald, 225-249. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Gronenborn, Detlef. “Kanem-Borno: A Brief Summary of the History and Archaeology of an Empire of the Central bilad al-sudan.” In West Africa During the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeological Perspectives, edited by Christopher DeCorse, 101-130. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 2001.
  • Haour, Anne. “The Early Medieval Slave Trade of the Central Sahel: Archaeological and Historical Considerations.” In Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, edited by Paul J. Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald, 61-78. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Hunwick, John O. “Black Slaves in the Mediterranean World: Introduction to a Neglected Aspect of the African Diaspora.” Slavery & Abolition 13, no. 1 (1992): 5–38.
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  • Lane, Paul J. and Kevin C. MacDonald. “Introduction: Slavery, Social Revolutions, and Enduring Memories.” In Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, edited by Paul J. Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald, 1-22. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Lane, P. J. “Slavery and Slave Trading in Eastern Africa: Exploring the Intersections of Historical Sources and Archaeological Evidence.” In Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory, ed. P.J. Lane and K.C. MacDonald, 281-314. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Lovejoy, Paul E. Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa. 3rd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. See especially chapters 1 and 2, p. 1-45.
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Contributors

Carolyn Arena, Hannah Barker, Richard Eaton, Paul Lane, Stan Mirvis, Craig Perry, Henriette Rødland, Don Wyatt