Thursday, March 10, 2011

One Thousand and One Nights: Trying to proclaim emancipation ...

"When this is done, go down with me to the slave market and sell me as thou boughtest me to whoso will buy me with my blemish; but thou shalt not manumit me, for I have no handicraft whereby to gain my living; and this my demand is a matter of law which the doctors have laid down in the Chapter of Emancipation." - Tale of Ghanim bin Ayyub

For students of America's end of slavery, this little tidbit should be of interest. It seems that it was not permissible to free a slave unless the slave had a skill that could provide him a livelihood. Besides the talk of slavery, this story also features a trio of eunuchs.

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