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Reader comment on item: Military Slaves: A Uniquely Muslim Phenomenon

Submitted by Gopher (United States), Jan 26, 2015 at 17:34

Thanks for sharing this glaringly overlooked bit of history. Reading it has been eye-opening, to say the least. Even so, I can't help but to try and relate it to the current situation, as I'm sure all of your readers have. And likewise, I'm sure that you, Dr. Pipes, have bridged the past with the present in your own analysis. I wonder if you'd be so kind as to share your view of the current situation in the Middle East (its systems of governance, militaries, ruling elites, class structures, the ISIS threat, etc.) as it relates to (is rooted in) the system of government and military slavery that pervaded it for centuries. Surely such a system as you've described could not have simply disappeared all at once; surely certain aspects of it lived on. My suspicion is that some version of it exists today.

In short, I'd be very interested in a "part 2".


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Daniel Pipes replies:

My book In the Path of God Islam and Political Power answers your question and extends my conclusions about military slavery to the Islamicate political system more broadly.

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