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A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said


October 13, 2011

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, American Negro Theatre

Join us for a discussion of A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011). In 1831, Omar ibn Said, a Senegalese former trader and teacher, enslaved in Fayetteville, North Carolina, wrote his autobiography in Arabic. Yale Professor Ala Alryyes will present a new translation of  what is the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic, and sign his book.

Omar ibn Said’s exceptional 180 year-old manuscript will be on display.

Watch our YouTube video interview with Professor Ala Alryyes.

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