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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:39 pm Reply with quote
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Can someone inform me on the roles hararis played in the east african slave trade? It's said harar was one of the major slave trade centers in which they participated by selling ethnic groups such as the oromo, and amhara.

As bad as this may seem, does anyone know anymore about the subject, such as which ethnic groups of the horn were sold to slavery back then?

Keep in mind such events were before the rise of Islam.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:38 pm Reply with quote
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Also what's interesting is that the harari word for "slave" seems to be not only "Gafa", but "amharit". In other words, hararis sold amharas as slaves to arabs Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:24 pm Reply with quote
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I have never heard "amharit" to mean slave. That's new to me.

However, slavery was very common in the horn of Africa. You lose a war, you become a slave no matter what your ethnic group is. If the prisoner is not killed, they use to be sold as slaves.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:54 pm Reply with quote
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http://www.wollamshram.ca/1001/East/east1_appn02.htm

Not the most accurate source for harari words, but will do since i can't find another.

for example:

"The Harari appears, like the Galla, the Dankali, and the Somali, its sisters, to be a Semitic graft inserted into an indigenous stock. "

False and disproved many times, since somali, oromo, and dankali aren't semetic languages.
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