Course Description

Middle Eastern History

HIME 4511

Colloquium in Middle East History

Captive Mediterranean: Human Trafficking and Holy War
Fall 2017

This course explores the practice of slave-raiding and human trafficking throughout the Mediterranean between roughly 1450 and 1815, the religious justifications and economic motivations that underpinned it, and its social and political consequences. It focuses on the  experience of the captives, the pirates and corsairs who took them, the city-states in Europe and North Africa that housed them, and the middlemen who grew rich arranging their ransom or sale. Readings consist of primary sources in translation (including captivity narratives, memoirs, and diplomatic accounts) and scholarly books and articles.

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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