Rare autobiography of Muslim slave goes online via Library of Congress

The Omar Ibn Said Collection consists of 42 digitized documents in both English and Arabic, including an 1831 manuscript in Arabic on “The Life of Omar Ibn Said,” a West African slave in America, which is the centerpiece of this unique collection of texts. Some of the manuscripts in this collection include texts in Arabic by another West African slave in Panama, and others from individuals located in West

The only known existing autobiography of a slave written in Arabic in America is now freely available to the public online, thanks to the Library of Congress. Omar ibn Said, born in about 1770 in modern Senegal, was captured at age 37 and taken to Charleston, S.C., to be sold. In 1810, he ran away and was captured again, as he had stopped to pray,…MORE:   religionnews.com/ www.loc.gov/