Signed, Bilal Khayr, Your Respectful Slave: Letters from a Family Archive

Terrence Walz

Description or Abstract

Terrence Walz has extensively researched the history of slavery in the Middle East. He is the author of The Trade between Egypt and Bilad As-Sudan (IFAO, 1978) as well as co-editor, with Kenneth Cuno, of Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Ninteenth Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean (AUC Press, 2010) as well as the author of numerous articles on the history of slavery. In this Qahwa and Kalam talk he will discuss several letters purportedly written by slaves and found in a private family archive in Egypt, which he is currently studying.