Roll over names of designated regions on the map above for descriptions of the role of each in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Within half a century of the Prophet's death, Islam had spread to three continents. Islam is not, as some imagine in the West, a religion of the sword nor did it spread primarily by means of war. It was only within Arabia, where a crude form of idolatry was rampant, that Islam was propagated by warring against those tribes which did not accept the message of God--whereas Christians and Jews were not forced to convert.
Outside of Arabia also the vast lands conquered by the Arab armies in a short period became Muslim not by force of the sword but by the appeal of the new religion.
It was faith in One God and emphasis upon His Mercy that brought vast numbers of people into the fold of Islam. The new religion did not coerce people to convert.
Many continued to remain Jews and Christians and to this day important communities of the followers of these faiths are found in Muslim lands. Moreover, the spread of Islam was not limited to its miraculous early expansion outside of Arabia.
During later centuries the Turks embraced Islam peacefully as did a large number of the people of the Indian subcontinent and the Malay-speaking world.
In Africa also, Islam has spread during the past two centuries even under the mighty power of European colonial rulers.
Today Islam continues to grow not only in Africa but also in Europe and America where Muslims now comprise a notable minority. General Characteristics of Islam Islam was destined to become a world religion and to create a civilization which stretched from one end of the globe to the other.
Already during the early Muslim caliphates, first the Arabs, then the Persians and later the Turks set about to create classical Islamic civilization.
Later, in the 13th century, both Africa and India became great centers of Islamic civilization and soon thereafter Muslim kingdoms were established in the Malay-Indonesian world while Chinese Muslims flourished throughout China.
Global Religion Islam is a religion for all people from whatever race or background they might be. That is why Islamic civilization is based on a unity which stands completely against any racial or ethnic discrimination. Such major racial and ethnic groups as the Arabs, Persians, Turks, Africans, Indians, Chinese and Malays in addition to numerous smaller units embraced Islam and contributed to the building of Islamic civilization.
Moreover, Islam was not opposed to learning from the earlier civilizations and incorporating their science, learning, and culture into its own world view, as long as they did not oppose the principles of Islam. Each ethnic and racial group which embraced Islam made its contribution to the one Islamic civilization to which everyone belonged.
The sense of brotherhood and sisterhood was so much emphasized that it overcame all local attachments to a particular tribe, race, or language--all of which became subservient to the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of Islam. The global civilization thus created by Islam permitted people of diverse ethnic backgrounds to work together in cultivating various arts and sciences.
Although the civilization was profoundly Islamic, even non-Muslim "people of the book" participated in the intellectual activity whose fruits belonged to everyone.
The scientific climate was reminiscent of the present situation in America where scientists and men and women of learning from all over the world are active in the advancement of knowledge which belongs to everyone.
The global civilization created by Islam also succeeded in activating the mind and thought of the people who entered its fold.The French Atlantic World in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Voices from the Other Side: Native Perspectives from New Spain, Peru, and North America Africa, Slavery, and the Slave Trade, Mid-Seventeenth to Mid-Eighteenth Centuries.
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (behind Asia in both categories). At about million km 2 ( million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area.
With billion people as of , it accounts for about 16% of the world's human kaja-net.com continent is surrounded by the. Africa and the Atlantic World Africa and the Atlantic World States of West and East Africa Characteristics Songhai Empire Africa and the Atlantic World Africa and the Atlantic World The Kingdom of Kongo Contact with Europe Effects of the Slave Trade Africa and the Atlantic World The Kingdom of Ndongo (Angola) Contact with Portuguese The Slave Trade Queen Nzinga Africa and the Atlantic World.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36, slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World Trace the web of maritime connections between western Europe, western and central Africa, and the Americas that made up the Atlantic world.
Details from “The Western Ocean,” a map published in The English Pilot, the Fifth Book, John Thornton also wrote Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, Both Books are a must read for understanding ethnic cultures in early America.
In the Appendix of the book are many lists of Slave names found in early Colonial Virginia Records and is a wealth of information for researchers/5(17).