Speaker Relates African Americans, Slavery, and Islamic Culture

February 22, 2005

Source: Collegiate Times


On February 22, 2005 the Collegiate Times reported, "the Muslim Student Association and Theta Nu Xi Sorority [at Virginia Tech] sponsored a discussion with Dr. Sylviane Diouf, author of 'Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas' last night in Squires’ Black Cultural Center. Diouf spoke about ways African Americans have been affected by Islamic culture. 'A lot is unknown about African Muslim slaves. People don’t usually think about Muslims when they think about slaves,' Diouf said. Diouf said African American slaves were directly connected to Islamic culture. of the approximate 10 million African slaves that were traded into the Americas during the 16th century, 10 percent of them were Muslim."

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