Untitled Image (Omar Ibn Said)
Omar ibn Said (1770–1864) was an Islamic scholar and writer, who was born and educated in the Fuutu Toro area in the Senegambia region. He was transported to the United States in 1807 where he was enslaved for the remainder of his life in North and South Carolina. He wrote history, theology and an autobiography. For various translations of Said's account and many details on his life in the context of Islam in America, see Ala Alryyes, ed, A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011; cf. Jerome S. Handler, Survivors of the Middle Passage: Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in British America, Slavery & Abolition, vol. 23 (2002), pp. 25-56.
This daguerreotype held by Davidson College
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