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Title:The use of slaves in precolonial western Dar Fur: the case of Dar Masalit, 1870-1905
Author:Kapteijns, LidwienISNI
Series:Working papers
City of publisher:Boston, MA
Publisher:African Studies Center, Boston University
Geographic term:Sudan
Darfur polity
Abstract:This paper analyses the use of slaves in Dar Masalit, western Dar Fur, Sudan, from 1870 to 1905. It is written from the premise that African slavery cannot be studied and understood in isolation from the political economy of the society in which it exists. The paper begins with a short characterization of Masalit society (and the changes it underwent between 1870 and 1905). It is based largely on oral sources collected in the Western Sudan and Khartoum between 1878 and 1981.