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SOURCES, PATTERNS AND THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY AND SLAVE TRADE IN ETHIOPIA [Abstract ID: 0507-07]
Slavery has been a persistent feature of Ethiopia’s cultural and economic history. Not only were Ethiopian slaves in high demand in the early modern world, also the Ethiopian kingdoms and consecutive states benefitted from slave labor and revenues from the slave trade. Despite its long history and wealth in documentation, slavery and the trade in slaves remains a topic off the record in Ethiopian studies. Against the backdrop of the neglect of slavery as a topic in the social history of Ethiopia, we argue, the starting point to launch a general debate on slavery in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa is to look at regional interconnections of the slave trade, overlapping and intertwined patterns of slavery in time and space against the domestic and international approaches to abolitionism, as well as modern day inter.ethnic, class and gender stratifications.