New Islamist Constitution Brings Back Slavery to Egypt

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids and though it was banned in the 1870s under British pressure, it has never entirely gone away.

The first independent Muslim ruler of Egypt relied on black slaves and at his death is said to have left 24,000 (white) Mamaluks and 45,000 Nubian military slaves. In north Africa the source of black slaves from Nubia and Sudan were too convenient to ignore. At the time of the Fatimid defeat, in the twelfth century, black troops formed the majority of the army. By the fifteenth century black military slaves were being favored with the use in battle of firearms (the Mamaluks refused to use such dishonorable weapons).

Even as late as the mid-nineteenth century, Egyptian rulers actively recruited black slaves into their army — for example, they were included in the Egyptian expeditionary force sent by Sa’id Pasha to Mexico in support of the French in 1863.

For a while the British agents of the Slave Trade Bureau roamed Egypt hunting for Egyptian slavers transporting African slaves from the Sudan. One such famous case in 1894 involved Ali Pasha Sharif, the head of Egypt’s Legislative Assembly, who was charged with purchasing a smuggled Sudanese slavewoman. A few weeks earlier Ali Pasha Sharif had called for shutting down the Slave Trade Bureau on the grounds that slavery no longer existed in Egypt.

Despite such British attempts at cracking down on the slave trade, it never went away.

Count Della Sella, the former head of the Slave Trade Bureau, said that all the laws against slavery proved useless. “Now there is a constant current of thousands of these petty dealers, each of whom brings three or four women slaves with him under the name of wives and servants. They sell their slaves in Egypt and as the price has now risen, three or four, are quite enough to allow of a profitable journey. The large caravans of former days are mostly stopped, but a constant stream of small lots of slaves sets into Egypt from the Sudan.”

Modern day instances of the same phenomenon keep showing up all too reliably.

An Irvine man and his former wife pleaded guilty Thursday to forcing a 12-year-old illegal immigrant from Egypt to work as their domestic slave.

Under terms of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim, 45, and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, 43, each face up to three years in prison.

Like Ali Pasha, the Salafis, who played a major role in drawing up the new Egyptian Islamist constitution, objected to any mention of slavery… because it did not exist.

Muhammad Saad Gawish, a member of the Constituent Assembly, wondered: “How can an article [#33] mention human trafficking when this is not happening in Egypt?” Likewise, Yunis Makhiyun, another Constituent Assembly member complained that “this article will give [Egypt's] citizens the impression that things like slavery, trafficking in females and children, are happening in Egyptian society, when such things do not exist.”

And since they don’t exist. There is no need to outlaw them.

Accordingly Egypt’s new constitution has dropped its ban on slavery.

Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote.

Isn’t it ironic, that the first black man in the Oval Office has helped bring to an end the ban on trading African slaves in Egypt? But then Obama’s ancestors, unlike those of the gullible African-Americans who sold him their votes, were never slaves. They were slave owners.

  • jakespoon

    Let them show the world what a "wonderful religion of peace" the pedophile from mecca created. Mohammed ,no peace be upon him.

  • Mary Sue

    There is so much irony in a black man participating (willingly and willfully or not) in the un-abolishment of slavery that my head asplode.

  • Coptic John

    What do you expect from such savages? to be "Moderate Muslims" as the US administration promulgates?
    well I have a bad news, they are not more than primitive riff-raff…

  • carnac

    Yet…..thousands of blacks in the US declare themselves to be Muslim. It is almost funny.

  • Larry

    Even more fun is that said black man is the descendant of muslim slavers. The British first closed down the sea going slave trade by closing down the vicious slave facilities at Zanzibar (The Island of Slaves), then worked hard to cut off the inland Trail of Bones where tens of thousands of slaves died whilst being marched through the Sudanese and Somalian deserts to the arab slave markets.

    So many died on the Trail of Bones that you can still go to it and see the carpet of human bones along it, and trace it by them for over 1,000 miles.

    Any Kenyan, or Tanzanian, etc, etc, who was muslim was muslim because they were slavers or slave traders.

    • Mary Sue

      I remember a particular congressman about 10 years ago, Major Owens (member of the Congressional Black Caucus, natch), claiming that slavers threw so many slaves overboard, that sharks still swim the route hoping for a taste of human flesh.

      • drdean

        It is amazing how many people actually believed this lie.

        • Mary Sue

          Snopes even had to debunk it!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Isn’t it ironic, that the first black man in the Oval Office has helped bring to an end the ban on trading African slaves in Egypt?"

    Who foments class hatred towards whites, Christians and Jews for their history of colonialism, with slavery supposedly being the greatest sin of mankind as the centerpiece of their colonialism narratives.

    It's sinful, wrong, to enslave an individual. We are not collectively guilty for that, yet paying the price to this day. Obama on the other hand, is personally guilty.

    • Mary Sue

      Irony. Arab and Muslim colonialists QQ about alleged Western Colonialism.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        There's a logic to that too. Allah the god of cheese instructed Muslims to conquer and so forth. Can't you see how offensive it is for Christians (or worse, the Jews!) to fight this? Why the "Christians" even displayed the arrogance to set up (relatively benign) colonies of their own.

        My religious feelings are getting hurt very seriously when I think about it.

        • Mary Sue

          I know, right!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Under terms of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim, 45, and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, 43, each face up to three years in prison."

    3 years for keeping a child as a slave?!!! Wait, are they members of the religion of peace? Oh, ok. No problem. Here is where I support coerced euthanasia.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Muhammad Saad Gawish, a member of the Constituent Assembly, wondered: “How can an article [#33] mention human trafficking when this is not happening in Egypt?”

    –Logic of an alien kind.

    • Mary Sue

      logic is alien to the Koran and the Hadiths.

      Heh, and they say JudeoChristianity is anathema to logic (and science)…

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Louis Farakhan has had to suddenly cancel his trip to Egypt to congratulate the President on the adoption of the new constitution — he came down with a bad case of the heebie jeebies.

    • Mary Sue

      the hilarious part of that is "heebie" is short for "Hebrew"

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Hmmmm….do you think we'll be hearing from DeShawn on this one?

    • Mary Sue

      Maybe, maybe not. He usually craps and flies away on threads that explicitly mention israel or anti-semitism.

  • treeofmamre

    But then, Obama does not care about what happens to black people anywhere, he just cares about the optics. He must think that they should be happy enough that a black man was elected the president of the most powerful nation on earth, and that everything else is superfluous compared to that achievement.

  • itsy_bitsy

    What is amazing is that so many blacks in the country seem perfectly happy with the new radical Islam that has taken hold in Egypt! These same American blacks are still ranting about “American Slavery” which has not been in existence for 150 years, but find no problem with Islamic use of black slaves!! It makes me realize that they only use American slavery as a weapon with which to beat American whites. Take note America, we are all patsies to accept this hypocrisy!!

    • Mary Sue

      They're underinformed (reading only the DailyKos, the Huffing and Puffington Post, or watching John Stewart/Stephen Colbert, if anything at all, or watching CNN) and probably know nothing about this. And if they do know, they are probably brainwashed into believing that whoever reported this is actually lying.

  • davarino

    Hmm, I wander where all the islam apologists are that used to cruise FPM with their silly arguements. I suppose they are done trying to spread the Dems talking point now that Obama was re-uped

    • Mary Sue

      if the article title mentioned "Israel", "apartheid", "Gaza", "Zionism", or anything at all to do with the Jews vs. Palestinians in general, they'd be in here with bells on.

  • LindaRivera

    Islam calls for the massive breaking of God's Laws. God commanded:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

    In the Bible, our Merciful, Kind and Compassionate God gave the DEATH sentence for kidnapping.

    DEATH SENTENCE FOR ALL KIDNAPPERS!

    Bible, Exodus 21:16 He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.

    • Mary Sue

      Have fun trying to convince Islamists that it's murder, though. Since Allah wills it, to them it doesn't count.

  • LindaRivera

    The captured black slaves were sent into the world by our Loving Creator God as GIFTS to their parents. Proud parents who possibly dreamed of the wonderful and good things their precious children could achieve in their lifetime. Parents who would love their children forever and looked forward to grandchildren.

    Muslims stole their lives. Stole their youth. Stomped on ALL of their hopes and dreams. Ruthless, selfish Muslims destroyed their lives. They are forever separated from their loving families by cruel Muslims. They will never know the joy and love of a marriage partner. Never have children. The tears never stop inside. The slaves are alive. Yet they are dead. Cruel, silent deaths by Islam.

    PROTECT INNOCENTS. END MUSLIM IMMIGRATION TO WESTERN NATIONS!

  • LindaRivera

    Regardless of the race, religion, color or political system of God-hater EVIL SLAVERS,

    DEATH SENTENCE FOR ALL KIDNAPPERS.

    It is forbidden in Islam for Muslims to take other Muslims as slaves. In Mauritania, Muslim Arabs take Muslim blacks for slaves. Their suffering as well as the suffering of Christian blacks taken for slaves by Arab Muslims is HORRENDOUS.

    Slavery has ALWAYS been a part of Islam.

    Barbaric mass murderer and HUGE SLAVE TRADER, founder of Islam, Mohammad, married a six year old child when he was in his fifties.

    Mohammad murdered/beheaded seven hundred Jewish men because of the Jews enormous love for, and allegiance to our Wonderful Creator. The loyal Jews refused to follow another god and the new religion of Mohammad. The Jews’ wives and children were seized for SLAVES.

    Mohammad is regarded as the PERFECT man and role model for devout Muslims who follow their political system-religion. There is no love, mercy, or compassion for innocent humanity in Islam.

    The agony and terrible suffering of non-Muslims kidnapped and taken for slaves by Muslims continues to this day.
    It is a wicked crime against humanity that UK and European Western ruling elites have colonized Europe and Britain with many millions of Muslims in order for devout Muslims to OBEY the Quran command to wage jihad against us and conquer our nations.
    It is the greatest betrayal by nations' leaders in all of human history. Future generations will condemn them. God will judge them.

  • LindaRivera

    God-hater EVIL SLAVERS. Bible, Exodus 21:16 He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.

    On the Day of Judgment, the Just Judge, God, will show NO mercy to those who have shown no mercy. God declares in the Bible: VENGEANCE IS MINE. I WILL REPAY.

    Islamic genocide, Slavery and jihad in Sudan(Africa) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH5g6hBxoBg&fe

  • riverboatbill

    Where is Moses, now that we need him?

    • Mary Sue

      Calling all 10 plagues…

  • Patscholar

    The immigration of Muslims to America must be stopped. When we begin immigration debates that point needs to be made by millions of Americans. We are committing suicide by taking these people in – they don't wish to assimilate (most do not and continue to live in Muslim enclaves with multiple wives and dozens of children per family and demand that sharia law be enforced for their members in the USA.) Sharia and the constitution are mutually exclusive. Wake up America.

  • Brian Edwards

    "When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them, and of the rest make fast the fetters." (Koran 47:4; Rodwell translation & verse numbering).