Book ID: CBB928017893

Slavery, Agriculture, and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula (2015)


Reilly, Benjamin James (Author)

Ohio University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 257 pages
Language: English

In Slavery, Agriculture, and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula, Benjamin Reilly illuminates a previously unstudied phenomenon: the large-scale employment of people of African ancestry as slaves in agricultural oases within the Arabian Peninsula. The key to understanding this unusual system, Reilly argues, is the prevalence of malaria within Arabian Peninsula oases and drainage basins, which rendered agricultural lands in Arabia extremely unhealthy for people without genetic or acquired resistance to malarial fevers. In this way, Arabian slave agriculture had unexpected similarities to slavery as practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil.This book synthesizes for the first time a body of historical and ethnographic data about slave-based agriculture in the Arabian Peninsula. Reilly uses an innovative methodology to analyze the limited historical record and a multidisciplinary approach to complicate our understandings of the nature of work in an area that is popularly thought of solely as desert. This work makes significant contributions both to the global literature on slavery and to the environmental history of the Middle East—an area that has thus far received little attention from scholars.

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Review Alan Mikhail (2016) Review of "Slavery, Agriculture, and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 728-729). unapi

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Webb, James L. A.
McCandless, Peter
Lacerda-Queiroz, Norinne
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
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Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Korean Journal of Medical History
Agricultural History
Cambridge University Press
Yale University Press
Hong Kong University Press
University of North Carolina Press
Harvard University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Disease and diseases
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Slavery and slaves
Public health
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Swellengrebel, Nicolaas Hendrik
Myanmar (Burma)
United States
19th century
20th century
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17th century
16th century
15th century

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