By Behnaz A. Mirzai
Slavery within the center East is a transforming into box of research, however the historical past of slavery in a key state, Iran, hasn't ever sooner than been written. This background extends to Africa within the west and India within the east, to Russia and Turkmenistan within the north, and to the Arab states within the south. because the slave alternate among Iran and those areas shifted through the years, it remodeled the state and helped forge its detailed tradition and identification. therefore, a heritage of Iranian slavery is essential to realizing the nature of the trendy nation.
Drawing on broad archival examine in Iran, Tanzania, England, and France, in addition to fieldwork and interviews in Iran, Behnaz A. Mirzai bargains the 1st heritage of slavery in glossy Iran from the early 19th century to emancipation within the mid-twentieth century. She investigates how international army incursion, frontier lack of confidence, political instability, and fiscal main issue altered the styles of enslavement, in addition to the ethnicity of the slaves themselves. Mirzai's interdisciplinary research illuminates the advanced matters surrounding the heritage of the slave exchange and the method of emancipation in Iran, whereas additionally giving voice to social teams that experience by no means been studied—enslaved Africans and Iranians. Her learn builds a transparent case that the alternate in slaves used to be inexorably associated with the authority of the kingdom. in periods of higher decentralization, slave buying and selling elevated, whereas sessions of larger governmental autonomy observed extra freedom and peace.
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A History of Slavery and Emancipation in Iran, 1800-1929 by Behnaz A. Mirzai