Event Lectures and Symposia Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection

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In celebration of the African American History Month, the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) at the Library of Congress invites you to the Omar Ibn Said Collection half-day event featuring scholars whose work focuses on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said and related slaves’ diaries. To date, this is the only known autobiography by a slave written in Arabic in the United States. It is a historically unique and important primary source for those trying to understand the connections between the Muslim communities in Western Africa and the slaves who continued to practice Islamic faith after being captured during the Atlantic slave trade.

Contact: 202.707.4118.

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