TraSIS: Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies. Three Concepts from Islamic Legal Sources

Anchassi, Omar Walid; Emunds, Laura; Rowitz, Laura Elena; Tolino, Serena (27 March 2023). TraSIS: Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies. Three Concepts from Islamic Legal Sources (Unpublished). In: Phil.-hist. Forschungstag 2023. 27. März 2023.

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Scholarship on the history of slavery is often grounded in two misapprehensions: firstly, that the phenomenon is confined to the premodern past, and secondly, that freedom and slavery are binaries rather than poles on a spectrum of freedom and unfreedom. TraSIS challenges both. Focusing on three distinct legal categories, the project members trace trajectories of juristic conceptualisations of unfreedom, exploring their implementation in Islamicate societies and thereby uncovering how interpersonal relations are impacted by ‘strong asymmetrical dependencies‘ (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies). Foregrounding the 19th and 20th centuries, we interrogate historical continuities and shifts in juristic discourse on unfreedom from a longue durée perspective.
TraSIS is comprised of four sub-projects. The first three of these each explore a legal concept which can be located beyond the slavery/freedom binary: the umm al-walad (Serena Tolino), the kitāba-contract (Laura Emunds) and the kafāla (Laura Rowitz), focusing on Sunni sources. The fourth sub-project (Omar Anchassi) will address these three concepts with a focus on Shiite and Ibāḍī sources.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institut für Studien zum Nahen Osten und zu muslimischen Gesellschaften

UniBE Contributor:

Anchassi, Omar Walid, Emunds, Laura, Rowitz, Laura Elena, Tolino, Serena


200 Religion > 290 Other religions
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 960 History of Africa




Serena Tolino

Date Deposited:

28 Mar 2023 10:47

Last Modified:

01 Oct 2023 17:54

Uncontrolled Keywords:

slavery, Islamicate societies, Middle East, islamic legal sources, dependency




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