Trans Saharan Slave Trade

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Throughout history, the selling of human beings into slavery was something which was conventional. It was something of the norm in which many civilizations in early Africa practiced the selling of human beings into slavery. Many individuals were enslaved in early Africa. The Trans Saharan slave trade is an example of slavery in early Africa. The Trans Saharan slave trade was not only accepted by civilizations, it also thrived as many slaves were traded by the 19th century.
The Trans Saharan trade route was a significant influence in the Trans Saharan slave trade. The Trans Saharan trade began in the 7th century. It was a trade which had connected many powerful African empires such Ghana Empire and Mali Empire to the European world. The Trans
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Islam in the Trans Saharan slave trade supported the slave trade. The Qur’an also states that humanitarian approach to slavery would be beneficial as it protects the dignity and the respect of the slaves. Prophet Muhammad who played a significant role in the teachings of Islam, he, himself did also have slaves which he had sold but brought for himself. His teachings had significant influence in slavery. Prophet Muhammad believed that slaves are also human beings. They should be treated with respect. Islam is a religion which is believed to be non violent and peaceful. The love for one another and for Allah. Islam has placed an emphasis the importance of people. They should be treated with kindness and …show more content…
The slave trade was part which was part of trading system which expanding. The most important goods which were traded along slaves were gold and salt. As in early Africa, salt was scarce resource. Salt was used for conserving food such as meat in early Africa. Salt was traded with gold as in early Africa; gold was an abundant resource. As there was an abundance of gold in early Africa. It was not something which vital, it had a low value with African civilization whereas in the European world. It was a scarce resource; it was valued in the European world. This created a huge demand within the Trans Saharan trade in early Africa. The merchants and slave traders used this to their advantage as both African civilizations and the European world both got what they wanted during the trade. The trading of salt and gold allowed African empires such as the Ghana and Mali Empire to become the leading African empires. These wealthy and powerful empires had gained control of the Trans Saharan trade route, the goods and slaves which were traded on the Trans Saharan trade

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