"I Bear Witness"

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Material Information

Title:
"I Bear Witness" an African's Quest for Faith and Community in the Atlantic World
Physical Description:
1 online resource (236 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Beatty, Joseph A
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
History
Committee Chair:
SENSBACH,JON F
Committee Co-Chair:
BARR,JULIANA
Committee Members:
GEGGUS,DAVID P
OBRIEN,SUSAN M
OSTEBO,TERJE

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
atlantic -- bahamas -- carriacou -- fula -- georgia -- islam -- slavery
History -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
History thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This dissertation examines the lived experience of slavery in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Atlantic world by following the life of an enslaved African Muslim man named Bilali from his home in West Africa through the Caribbean and to Georgia. In looking closely at the particular experiences of one enslaved individual, this project seeks to gain insights into the structures and functions of slavery in the Americas. This approach privileges individuals' responses to and negotiations within slavery, in contrast to studies that examine enslaved people in aggregate and that tend to obscure individual actions. Bilali wrote an Arabic manuscript during his enslavement in Georgia that describes the fundamentals of Muslim faith and practice. By examining his manuscript and the other sources on his life, this project situates Bilali both in the religious/cultural world of the Georgia lowcountry and among the cohort of other African Muslims in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. I contend that instead of allowing slavery to define his existence, Bilali used the social, cultural, and religious lessons of his African upbringing to shape his experiences in slavery.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Joseph A Beatty.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: SENSBACH,JON F.
Local:
Co-adviser: BARR,JULIANA.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046617:00001