A Curriculum Unit on Comparative Slave Systems for Grades 9-12
Africa Enslaved was developed by Natalie Arsenault, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
By the 19th century, slavery was a well-known and well-defined institution in the Egypt, at that time a province of the Ottoman Empire. For most of the 19th century, the slave population of Egypt was between 20,000 and 30,000 out of a total population of five million. The number of slaves in Cairo, a city of a quarter-million people, was estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000 at any given point until 1877. Yet, slavery in Egypt took on quite a different form than it did in the Americas. Learn more about slavery in an Islamic emirate.