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Slavery During Ancient and Medieval Periods

  • Caf Dowlah
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Abstract

Slavery, which entails dehumanization and commodification of humans for creating wealth, has existed in almost all societies in almost all regions around the world since the ancient times. Slavery, civilization, and urbanization have indeed progressed hand in hand since the time when human societies learned to domesticate animals and develop extensive agriculture. Historical records suggest that more often than not those who bore the brunt of the whip of slavery and those who did the whipping often belonged to the same tribal, racial, religious, or cultural groups. Unfortunately, slavery also received ringing philosophical and religious validations throughout human history. This chapter provides the conceptual background and evolution of slavery as an institution and the actual practice of various forms of slavery beginning from the ancient civilizations to the medieval period.

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