Fernandez: the veiled history of Arab-Moslem Slavery

by Peter Fernandez

The revisionist history of American slavery doesn’t tell the whole story.

Without the historic context of global slavery, Vermont students are exposed only to the European Trans-Atlantic market, 1514-1866, when 11 million Africans were enslaved in the Americas. But, according to’s Katharina Bucholz, and many historians, ninety percent of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade found its way into the Caribbean, South America, and especially, Brazil. 

“Only about six percent of African captives were sent directly to British North America,” writes historian George Pavlu in a March 27, 2018 issue of NewAfrican Magazine

Are Vermont students even being taught the 1300-year record of the black slave trade beneath the whip of Arab-Moslem masters? If the Biden Administration, and American Federation of Teachers’ President, Randi Weingarten, have their way, it will not. “CRT is not taught in elementary schools or high schools,” Weingarten said last week. But, at the same press conference, she added, “Our union will defend any member who gets into trouble for teaching honest (CRT) history.”

According to Tidiane N’Diaye, a Franco-Senegalese anthropologist and author of The Veiled Genocide, “The Arabs raided sub-Saharan Africa for thirteen centuries without interruption. Most of the millions of men they deported disappeared as a result of inhuman treatment. This painful page in the history of black people has apparently not been completely turned.”

Arabs were the first and last of the slavers to ship millions of black Africans to Europe and back to their own lands. According to an article written by Bob Koigi, “White European merchants were interested in strongly built young men as laborers in their farms, the Arab merchants were more focused on concubinage capturing women and girls who were turned into sex slaves while living in harems.” Koigi also noted that women were captured at a 3-1 ratio.

In the same NewAfrican Magazine article, historian Paul Lovejoy esti-mated that “some 9.85 million Africans were shipped out as slaves to Arabia and, in small numbers to the Indian subcontinent. Between AD 650 and 1600, an annual average of 5,000 Africans were shipped out by the Arabs. This makes a rough total of 7.25 million while between 1600 and 1800, another 1.4 million Africans were shipped.”

The apex of the Arab slave trade was during the 19th century when 12,000 Africans were shipped out every year. The total figure for the 19th century alone was 1.2 million slaves to Arabia.

In his book, The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, Ghanian professor/minister John Azumah writes, “While the mortality rate of the slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10% the percentage of the slaves dying in transit in the Trans-Saharan and east African slave market was a staggering 80-90%.”

 “Africa became a source of slaves for the cultures of the Mediterranean world many centuries before the discovery of the Americas,” writes historian, Duncan Clark, in his 1999 book, Slaves and Slavery.

There were also white European slaves, according to Clarke (and other historians), as it was predominantly the Arabs’ market open for such ivory pelts: “The most important source of slaves in medieval Europe, ‘was the coast of Bosnia on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The word ‘slave’ and its cognates in most modern European languages is itself derived from ‘sclavus’ meaning ‘slav’, the ethnic name for the inhabitants of this region.”

It was these inter-tribal, Moslem/Christian conflicts in Central Europe that made it convenient for the victors, the Turks, to sell their captured enemies to the opportunistic Arab slavers. Decades after slavery was banned in the states, white Europeans were still bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire.

In FairPlanet News, Liberty Mukomo, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, stated that “even as the rest of the world realized the harm slavery did to an entire continent and made a declaration to abolish it, the Arabs protested it and it took a lot of international trade and revolt by the slaves for them to end it.”

According to a well-researched article, Black Slavery Exists Today in Muslim Nations – Geller Report News, 6/20/2021, some Arab slave masters are still open for business. Katrina Sumner of Regent University’s Center for Global Justice also composed an excellent article, 1/5/2021, regarding this abominable practice. Slavery Still Exists Today – Center for Global Justice (

Peter Fernandez is a Citizen Columnist for Vermont Daily. He lives in Northfield. Photo credit Unsplash.

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10 replies »

  1. what in the world are you talking about, revisionist history of American slavery?

  2. This history is an “inconvenient truth” for those who push the narrative that “white” people are responsible for all oppression on Earth. We Ummericans obsess that slavery took place in parts of our country 150 years ago, while it exists in the world today. Forced labor and political indoctrination camps are a fact of life in China. Think about that the next time you tweet out a social justice message on your iPhone…

  3. Human History is largely a record of humans inhumanity to other humans.
    Now a simplistic view, reminiscent, indeed inspired by, Marxism, is being advanced as incontrovertible. Anyone so much as questioning is condemned as “racist” and canceled.

  4. not seeing any defense of the allegation that Vermont is teaching a revisionist history regarding slavery in the US. When was this revision made? Can you quote a selection of US history text books to demonstrate the conclusion?
    . states:

    “many consider a significant starting point to slavery in America to be 1619, when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. The crew had seized the Africans from the Portugese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista.

    “Throughout the 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to enslaved Africans as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants, who were mostly poor Europeans.”

    Assuming that this is similar that that which is being taught in Vermont schools, please point out the “revision”? Thanks

    • Global geo-historical fact, like the 13 century- long Arab-Moslem slave trade, when omitted by biased individual educators, is historical revisionism. No legal proof or clues or paper trail is required, especially a formal curriculum, such as USA History Woke, Revised & Reinvented, to prove political agenda.

      • “Global geo-historical fact, like the 13 century- long Arab-Moslem slave trade, when omitted by biased individual educators, is historical revisionism. ”

        : – ) it is because you say it is? can you find a single U.S. history text book from the supposed pre-revisionist period that included this “geo-historical fact”? Just wondering.

      • have you asked any of your Black friends who have converted to the religion of Islam why they did so? I imagine that would be an interesting conversation.

      • for example, probably similar to you, I have long facinated over the fact that anyone can voluntarily be a part of a religion whose supposed god tells a parent to take one of their children and put them to death as a sacrifice to the god. and that the lesson is that part of fearing that god means you must be willing to murder your child if that’s what you think god tells you to do. In fact I have asked friends of mine who have chosen to adhere to that religion why they would sign on to such a belief system. Have yet to hear what I considered to be a rationale answer. But that part of the bible is common to Islam, Judiaism, and Christianity. As you say, facinating : – )

  5. It has long fascinated me that many black Americans have been attracted to the Moslem religion and convert. I’ve figured they had no idea of the role of Arabs in enslaving Africans. Yet our schools continue to teach that white Europeans in the US began this practice;,the role of Arab slavers is conveniently avoided.

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