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Enforced migration: an Atlantic narrative in Christian-Muslim relations
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This essay explores the theme of enslavement in the Atlantic world from the 16th to the 19th century. Its aim is to provide a survey of how slavery affected Christian-Muslim relations in the Atlantic world. It will first review the references to slavery in Christian and Muslim religious texts and the religious justification for its ongoing practice through a common tradition of the ‘Hamitic curse’. It will then examine the practice of enslavement among Christian and Muslim communities in western Europe and Nort…

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Grafton, David D., “Enforced migration: an Atlantic narrative in Christian-Muslim relations”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <>

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