Agony of Asar A Thesis on Slavery by the Former Slave, Jacobus Eliza Johannes 1717-1747

ISBN-10: 1558761268
ISBN-13: 9781558761261
Edition: 2001
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Description: Represents the first scholarly work by an African on the subject of slavery, originally presented as the author's thesis at Leyden University, 1742. Capitein analyzes the concept of freedom in scripture and concludes that it is spiritual rather than  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Represents the first scholarly work by an African on the subject of slavery, originally presented as the author's thesis at Leyden University, 1742. Capitein analyzes the concept of freedom in scripture and concludes that it is spiritual rather than physical, and therefore has no civic consequences. He provides a sweeping genealogy of western thought on slavery, citing texts from the Bible, from Greco-Roman antiquity, and from early modern Europe. Translator Grant Parker's commentary includes a brief survey of African intellectuals in 18th-century Europe. Includes a facsimile of the original text. Lacks a subject index. Parker is affiliated with Duke University. c. Book News Inc.

Forewordp. vii
The Agony of Asar: an introduction to the life and work of Capiteinp. 1
A life: servitude and aftermathp. 7
An orphan in the Netherlandsp. 7
Unhappy returns: Elmina, 1742-1747p. 11
Potentially parallel lives: Equiano and Capiteinp. 17
The West Indies Company and the Dutch slave tradep. 19
The birth and slow demise of a seaborne empirep. 19
White man's burden: Christian missionp. 33
Capitein's writings in overviewp. 38
Missiologyp. 38
A scholar and an Africanp. 43
Capitein's dissertation in contextp. 56
A history of Ham's curse: Christianity and slaveryp. 56
Antislavery sentiment in the Netherlandsp. 66
Conclusionsp. 73
Defining slavery: ownership and social deathp. 73
Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein: Political-theological dissertation examining the question: Is slavery compatible with Christian freedom or not?p. 79
Preface: To the readerp. 81
Which defines slavery and proposes the subject of inquiryp. 95
Which explores the ancient origin of slavery and shows that nearly all societies made use of itp. 97
Which proves that slavery and Christianity are not antitheticalp. 103
Two prefaces to Capitein's translation of religious textsp. 133
[The translator] to the Christian readerp. 133
The publisher to the readerp. 134
African intellectuals in 18th-century Europep. 136
Capitein and his world: a select bibliographyp. 153
Abbreviations used in the endnotesp. 157
Notes to the introductionp. 158
Notes to Capitein's dissertationp. 171
Indexp. 181
Maps
The Atlantic world in the early 18th centuryp. 22
The Guinea Coastp. 22
The Netherlandsp. 23
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