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Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

1999 Choice Outstanding Academic Book, the American Library Association

Honorable mention Outstanding Books Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights.


A sophisticated and important book. This creative and refreshing interpretation of West African-Islamic spiritual continuities in the African diaspora is fascinating and very readable. The author's major contribution lies in her great insight into the worldview and the ethos of the African Muslim slaves in the Americas.
American Historical Review

The scholarship is innovative in debunking the myth that Christianity quickly absorbed Islam. . . The writing is clear and accessible and the arguments are supported with well-researched facts and statistics.
Religious Studies Review

[A]fascinating account of the three main topics: the background within Africa, the "difficult and sometimes astonishing steps" of Muslims to maintain their faith and traditions, and the legacy of this nearly-forgotten episode. . . Diouf's account of Muslim life in the most horrific of circumstances is a truly moving one and at times an inspiring one.
Middle East Quarterly

This book is well-written, clear, and jargon-free. It is informative, broad, and deep. It is a wonderful, essential contribution.
Journal of American Ethnic History

Ambitious . . . Diouf shows a remarkably detailed knowledge of her subject and her work is meticulously researched. Her book provides an invaluable starting point for anyone wishing to conduct further research into the fascinating area of slave historiography.
Journal of the Early Republic

A 'must-read' for anyone who wants an education in slave history.
Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Makes a major contribution by focusing on Muslim participation in the slave trade and Muslims' impact in the Americas. Diouf' s well-written and interesting book opens new avenues of inquiry and research.
The Journal of American History