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Islam’s institutionalised racism

September 1, 2011

Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406); the preeminent Islamic medieval historian and social thinker wrote:

The Negro nations are as a rule submissive to slavery, because they have attributes that are quite similar to dumb animals….

By the Middle Ages, the Arab word “abd” was in general use to denote a black slave while the word “mamluk” referred to a white slave. Even as late as the 19th century it was noted that in Mecca “there are few families that do not keep slaves. They all keep mistresses in common with their lawful wives.”


It may be objected that these sentiments and practices are inconsistent with Islam. This is false. Muhammad, the model man for Muslims, kept and even traded in slaves.