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Growing up with both West African and Muslim background Sylviane A Diouf decided to research and inform the world that there were Muslims involved in the slave trade Diouf was so confident that these stories existed that she started her research along the pan-Africanist as well as the pan-Amercanist lines After her research she decided to write a book about what she had discovered entitled Servants of Allah Diouf says her objective was to humanize the individual Africans who were enslaved and detach them from the mass of what we call slaves During her research Diouf says that she found there was a slight difference between the British Dutch Spanish French and the United States slave systems She also discovered there were some cultural differences between the Mandingo Fulani and Hausa In matters of religion formal education and found out that in many ways that as Islam transpires in daily life they all shared a similar set of attitudes and beliefs Diouf received her Doctoral from LUniversite Denis Diderot in Paris She has published hundreds of articles in both the International and local magazines and newspapers One of her textbook is now apart of the 11th grade curriculum Economic Sciences in France Diouf has written for the United Nations and contributed to numerous academic journals such as Black RenaissanceRenaissance Noire a bilingual journal of the African Studies Department of New York and the Journal of Islamic Studies of Oxford University She has been fortunate enough to teach in France and Gabon Her homes throughout the years have been Senegal France Gabon Italy and New York which she now resides The book Servants of Allah takes the audience back and forth between West Africa and the Americas in piecing together a history of African Muslims for over four centuries When reading the book Servants of Allah we realize that it consisted of a detailed reconstruction of the Muslim slave efforts in the
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