Myth of Arab cultural domination of "Negroes" part 1 introduction to the land of Zanj





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Published on Jan 26, 2009

Edit: This is from M. A. Shaban on the Zanj revolt. The quoted part is page 102 but he starts on page 101


"If more proof is needed that it was not a slave revolt, it is to be found in the fact that it had a highly organized army and navy which vigorously resisted the whole weight of the central government for almost fifteen years. Moreover, it must have had huge resources that allowed it to build no less than six impregnable towns in which there were arsenals for the manufacture of weapons and battleships. These towns also had in their mammoth markets prodigious wealth which was more than the salt marshes could conceivably produce. Even all the booty from Basra and the whole region could not account for such enormous wealth. Significantly the revolt had the backing of a certain group of merchants who preserved with their support until the very end. Tabari makes it very clear that the strength of the rebels was dependent on the support of these merchants. "

Please tell me if any of the information here is wrong

Allot of this is information I already posted

"It was thought that Swahili settlements were founded by foreigners, particularly by Islamic traders," he says. "But these discoveries show the people here were interacting with other civilizations - and long before the Islamic era. "

Prof. Felix Chami


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The Arabic term "Bilad-es-Sudan" is translated into "land of the blacks" or "land of the Negroes". When the Arabs of this period called themselves white they meant dark skinned. When they called someone red they meant fair skinned and sometimes used in a derogatory way to the fair skinned people Arabs conquered.

A Muslim writer in the 10th:

"The people of Iraq have sound minds a proficiency in every art and a pale brown color, which is the most apt and proper color. They do not come out with something between blond, blanched and leprous coloring, such as the infants dropped from the wombs of the women of the Slavs and others of light complexion; nor are they overdone in the womb until they are burned such as the Ethiopians and other blacks. The Iraqis are neither half-baked dough nor burned crust, but between the two."

According to the other article that I talked about identification with Arabs began in the 16th century with the beginning of the rise of western imperialism and reached it's zenith in the 19th century.

Until the 19th century Mungwana was the word for civilized amongst the Swahili. Ustaarabu which means live like an Arab became associated with what a Civilized person should be

Added: Much of what is written involved politics. This can be compared to ancient Egypt:

"Tomb reveals Ancient Egypts humiliating secret" By Dalya Alberge

"Contemporary Egyptian descriptions had led historians to assume that the kingdom of Kush was a weak and barbaric neighboring state for hundreds of years, although it boasted a complex society with vast resources of gold dominating the principal trade routes into the heart of Africa."



It is important to learn "Arabic Terms Used for Complexions"

"So anyone who reads someone being described as "white" in an Arabic book of the past should understand that "white" means a dark complexion. It's very important that people bear this in mind."


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