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THE UNTOLD AFRICAN SLAVE REVOLT AGAINST THEIR ARAB MASTERS: THE ZANJ REBELLION

by thearchaeologist.org


For about ten years between 871-881, a revolt in today’s southern Iraq destabilized an entire empire. The death toll resulting from this revolt may have been as “low” as 100,000 and as high as a million and a half; historians are not exactly sure and might never be. Some people today believe that “The Zanj Rebellion” was a revolt of enslaved African people against their Arab masters in a bid for freedom, but the truth behind this brutal period is a bit more complicated.


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