Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rustem Pasha a slave in Islam

When he died in 1561 he left 85 farms, 476 watermills, 1700 slaves, 2900 war horses, 1106 camels, 5000 embroidered coats, 8000 turbans, 3000 coats of mail, saddles and golden stirrips, 5000 books, 800 copies of the Quran and two and a half million ducats in cash.

Could slaves anywhere else in the known world at the time own anything like this? NO way, but this was a slave in the Muslim world.

P.80 The Ottoman Empire 1450-1700 Andrina Stiles hodder and Stoughton