“In general, you don’t find the brutality that you see in American slavery. As far as I can tell, generally it is simply not very common. Slaves in Islamic civilization were mostly investments,”
— Professor Jonathan AC Brown, Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown
Not all Islamic scholars agree:
“A comparison of the Islamic slave trade to the American slave trade reveals some extremely interesting contrasts. […]
While many children were born to the slaves in the Americas, the millions of descendants are citizens in Brazil and the United States, very few descendants of the slaves who ended up in the Middle East survived.
While most slaves who went to the Americas could marry and have families, most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East were castrated and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth.
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