Muslim Slaves, Immigration, & American Islamicism
Saturday, September 10, 2011
TAH NC participants met at UNCW for the first workshop of the year, "Muslim Slaves, Immigration, & American Islamicism."
The Content Session was led by Dr. Herbert Berg, Professor of Islam and Judaism at UNCW.
Listen to Dr. Herbert Berg's lecture from the September 2011 workshop.
Image: Ambrotype of Omar ibn Said. From the North Carolina Collection, Photographic Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Documenting the American South. Click image to enlarge
Resources for Omar ibn Said
Omar Ibn Said (1770-1864), a slave and Arabic scholar, was born in Futa Toro (now a part of the Republic of Senegal) of an aristocratic Moslem family. Educated in Koranic schools, he was a teacher and tradesman for about fifteen years and purportedly made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the period 1790-1805. In 1807 he was found guilty of an unspecified crime and sold by his people, the Fulas, to an American slave trader. Taken to Charleston, S.C., Omar was among the last Africans to reach the United States prior to the outlawing of the overseas slave trade at the end of 1807. After working for two years as a slave in Charleston and on a South Carolina rice plantation, he escaped in 1810 and made his way to Fayetteville, N.C., near which he was recaptured. When efforts to find his legal owner proved unavailing, he became the property of General James Owen of Bladen County. At Owen's Cape Fear River estate called Milton, Omar was taught English and converted to the Christian religion, joining the First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville in 1820. Read more of this introduction...
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