Slavery and the economy



- Slavery was very common throughout Muslim lands.

-Some came from non-Muslim areas, and others were purchased by the wealthy and educated.

- Just like the Bible, Qur'an, slavery was not condemned, but it was required that slaves be treated fairly.

- Slaves were given some legal rights, including the right to buy freedom.

- Freeing slaves was praised on a religious act.

- Treating of slaves was under Islam, slavery did not remain a part of Muslim society, but a part of economy.

- Muslim merchants traded in slaves a world wide area.


- built largely on commerce

- Muslim merchants followed routes that extended northwest to Spain

- also southwest to the Spice Islands of Indonesia

- some merchants were "middlemen" connecting suppliers in the East to markets in the west

- Others made and traded agricultural products

- trade was one of the teachings of Muhammad

- expanded usage of coinage, eased long distance commerce

- used standardized weights and measures, extended credit to buyers over long distances

- trade provided much wealth, maintained empire

led to growth of it's splendid cities (such as Baghdad)

- trade also helped spread faith and ideas